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Handling of EU breakaway worst of any event since Suez, says Brexit Party leader

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Catherine Blaiklock was speaking on the River Tyne where she joined the Fishing For Leave flotilla protest over Theresa May’s plans.

The leader of the Brexit Party has said the way leaving the EU has been handled is worse than anything since the Suez Crisis.

Catherine Blaiklock was speaking on the River Tyne in Newcastle, where she joined the Fishing For Leave flotilla protest over Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans.

Ms Blaiklock said: “It is 1,000 days on Tuesday since the referendum.

“They have had plenty of time to prepare everything, there has been an absolute wanton failure to prepare.

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The pro-Brexit protest was held at Newcastle Quayside (Owen Humphreys/PA)

“It’s the worst handling of any event since Suez.

“Three years (since the referendum) … zero progress.”

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Fishermen sailed along the Tyne in a pro-Brexit protest (Owen Humphreys/PA)

She added: “We had three years to prepare, it’s a catastrophic failure of the Government, of MPs – you couldn’t script it.”

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Fishing vessels display pro-Brexit flags during a protest at Newcastle Quayside (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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.

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

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Pro-EU supporters wave flags from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The noisy display lasted more than two minutes and echoed around the office blocks beside the Millennium Bridge.

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