Friday, 09 November 2018 07:05

TORIES TEE UP YET ANOTHER SELL-OUT OF SCOTLAND’S FISHING COMMUNITY

The SNP has warned that the Prime Minister is setting up Scotland’s fishing communities for yet another sell-out in order to secure a Brexit deal that appeases factions within her warring party.

The Telegraph reported today that the UK government may mull over a deal that grants EU fishing fleets wide-ranging access to UK fishing waters in return for a UK-wide Brexit deal. This comes on the back of the sell out on conditions for a transition deal, which delivers the worst outcome for Scottish and UK fishing, of having to remain in the CFP but with no voice or say in negotiations or voting rights until at least the end of 2020.

The SNP has repeatedly warned that the Tories have over promised Scotland’s fishing sector on Brexit – and it is becoming increasingly clear that they will under deliver.

Commenting, Deidre Brock MP said:

“Today’s revelation is yet another reminder that the Tory government cannot be trusted. They are once again preparing to sell-out the interests of Scotland’s fishing community on the way out of the EU, just as they did on the way in.

“The failure to protect Scotland’s fishing community lies entirely at the door of the Tories who have done nothing to prevent these issues from arising. For decades, Scottish fishing interests have been expendable to the Tories – nothing, it would appear, has changed.

“It has become clear beyond doubt that Theresa May is attempting to mash together a deal that will not last and is not in the interests of the UK. The Prime Minister is leading Scotland down the road to ruin.

“The Tories think they can do whatever they want to Scotland and get away with it.  The SNP is determined not to let them. We will continue to champion the interests of Scotland’s fishing community, both at Holyrood and Westminster, and press for all the powers over fishing to remain devolved – that is the only way to best safeguard the interests of the fishing industry."


EU demands fishing rights in British waters as price for all-UK Brexit backstop - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/11/08/eu-demands-fishing-rights-british-waters-price-all-uk-brexit/

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