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I suspect a re-run of the Geldof versus Farage ‘Battle of the Thames’ isn’t quite on the cards yet, but a group of fishing boats has set off on the River Tyne to protest against the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans.

The flotilla (if that’s quite the right word), which comes the day before Farage starts out on his March to Leave, from Sunderland to London, has been organised by a group call Fishing for Leave.

After setting off from North Shields the flotilla made its way towards Newcastle’s Quayside through the choppy waters of the Tyne. A battered trawler was driven on the back of a lorry by road, heading for a meeting point.



Boats flying pro-Brexit flags sail on the River Tyne during the Fishing For Leave flotilla.

Boats flying pro-Brexit flags sail on the River Tyne during the Fishing For Leave flotilla. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

A Fishing For Leave spokesman said: “The terms of the Withdrawal Agreement are an existential threat to fishing and a total betrayal of Brexit and Britain.

“It means a second surrender of our industry and coastal communities and places a constitutional bomb under democracy.”



A 30ft fishing boat on a lorry is escorted by a Pipe band as a flotilla of fishing boats from the Fishing For Leave protest group prepares to sail up the River Tyne from North Shields.

A 30ft fishing boat on a lorry is escorted by a Pipe band as a flotilla of fishing boats from the Fishing For Leave protest group prepares to sail up the River Tyne from North Shields. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images








David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister and de facto deputy prime minister has insisted Theresa May’s cabinet will continue to work “very constructively” together, despite eight senior ministers, including the Brexit secretary, voting against an extension to article 50.

Steve Barclay voted against a motion tabled by the government, even though he had spoken in favour of it at the dispatch box just minutes earlier.

Others who rejected the idea of an extension included Penny Mordaunt, Liam Fox and Chris Grayling.

Lidington, who is the Cabinet Office secretary, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’ve been working very constructively with Steve Barclay since his appointment a couple of months ago despite the fact that he and I were vigorously on opposite sides of the debate during the referendum, and we are continuing to work very constructively together today and in the days to come.”

The motion called for a three-month delay to Brexit – or a potentially much longer one, if parliament does not back the prime minister’s deal next week. That will now become government policy.

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