Brixham fisherman regrets voting Leave

A Brixham fisherman has spoken out about his regrets about voting Leave and in turn has received the sympathy of thousands of Twitter users.

Lee Trewhela www.devonlive.com

Ian Perkes, a fish exporter from Brixham, believes the town’s fishing industry has been destroyed by Brexit and if he could turn the clock back he’d vote to remain in the European Union.

He told the Byline Times: “I’m coming to the end of my career but to go forward I think me and many others have perhaps made a mistake.

“I just thought there’d be a better future for myself and for my children and my children’s children, to become independent, to have our own fishing grounds, for Europe to rely on us.

“The reality is we’re now January 20, we’ve yet to send a consignment to Europe from Brixham. It’s just been an absolute nightmare.”

Thousands have retweeted, shared and commented on a video of Mr Perkes’ interview.

Paterson Joseph, who played Alan Johnson in Peep Show as well as many other TV, theatre and film roles, retweeted the interview with Ian, saying: “I have a lot of sympathy for this guy. Genuine question: who has benefited from Brexit in the UK?”

Ian added: “I think I was sort of taken along on the ride we were all on with the bus going around; you know we were going to save £350 million per week that we were throwing at Brussels, that we’re going to have this free trade and Europe were going to be desperate for our fish because we had control of it all. We’d be in control of our own destiny.

“I’m very disappointed with the comments, you know, Rees Mogg, ‘happy fish’. I don’t think there’s any room to make any jokes about this current situation.

“Forty four years I’ve been selling fish and overnight it’s pretty much been destroyed. I don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.”