Protesters have thrown dead fish into the Thames outside Parliament as they oppose the Brexit transition deal.
The fishing industry and many coastal MPs are unhappy that the UK will not regain control of the country’s fishing waters on Brexit day, 29 March 2019.
Instead it will be subject to EU rules for 21 months until December 2020.
Michael Gove has said he shares the “disappointment” but urged people to keep their “eyes on the prize” of getting full control of UK waters back.
In a sign of government unease about the reaction, Theresa May met MPs with fishing ports in their seats on Tuesday in an attempt to explain their approach.
Speaking from the fishing trawler, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage told Sky News the government did not have the “guts” to stand up to the EU.
“They told us they would take back control in 2019 – that is not happening. We are now told at the start of 2021 it may happen,” he said.
“I don’t think this government has got the guts or the strength to stand up and take back our territorial waters.”