Fishing played a prominent role in the Brexit campaign with many fishermen voting to leave the EU. Under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, much of the fish caught in British waters was taken by European boats.
It had been hoped Brexit would result in much of this being taken by British boats.
However, under the terms of Mr Johnson’s new EU trade deal over the next five and a half years, just 25 percent of the EU’s catch will be transferred to UK boats.
After this point, it will theoretically be possible to exclude European boats from British waters but this would risk retaliatory tariffs from Brussels.
Extra restrictions imposed since the new trade deal came into effect have significantly increased the bureaucracy for EU exporting.
Speaking to Danish broadcaster DK, Ian Perkes, a fish exporter from Brixham in Devon, said “life has become very difficult” since Brexit.
He said: “Do you think I would have voted to leave if I’d known it was going to cost me another £80,000 a year? Of course not.
“Only a fool would have voted to go out, wouldn’t he, knowing that.
“We were lied to. We were told we are going to have free trade, we were not guaranteed we were going to get our 12-mile limit back, but we assumed with what we were reading and what we were being told that that would be a case.”
READ MORE: Nigel Farage demands immediate end to ALL Covid restrictions
This restored the UK’s position as a fully independent trading nation but increased bureaucracy for exporting many products to the EU.
Asked what he’d like to say to himself in 2016, Mr Parkes replied: “Don’t be a fool, stay in Europe.
“Why would you want to leave?
“Life has become very difficult since we’ve left and I don’t see no happy ending at present.
“So yeah I did get it wrong, hands up, I admitted I was wrong, but I’m not an isolated case.”
Under the terms of Mr Johnson’s Brexit trade deal, some checks have been imposed on trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
This has infuriated unionists and has been partly blamed for a recent wave of loyalist rioting.
Whilst fishing makes up less than one percent of the British economy it gained significant symbolic status during the Brexit campaign.
Mr Johnson pledged Brexit would allow the UK to “catch and eat quite prodigious quantities of extra fish”.
Leading Brexiteers have called on the EU to reduce bureaucracy around fish exports to the bloc.