THE LATEST DRAFT AGREEMENT on Brexit between the UK and the European Union amounts to a “massive sellout of the Scottish fishing industry by the Tories,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.
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Following the announcement that the UK Government and the EU have agreed upon a “large part of the agreement” that will eventually lead to Brexit, regarding what the UK Government refers to as the “implementation period”, it is now expected that powers over fishing quotas will remain under the control of the EU.
Sturgeon condemned the move on Twitter, as well as highlighting the apparent confirmation of early warnings from the Scottish Government regarding such an eventuality, saying: “This is shaping up to be a massive sellout of the Scottish fishing industry by the Tories. The promises that were made to them during #EUref and since are already being broken – as many of us warned they would be.”
Further anger at the deal came from Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, who said the agreement fell “far short of an acceptable deal”.
Armstrong commented: “We will leave the EU and leave the CFP, but hand back sovereignty over our seas a few seconds later. Our fishing communities’ fortunes will still be subject to the whim and largesse of the EU for another two years.
“Put simply, we do not trust them to look after us. So we issue this warning to the EU: Be careful what you do or the consequences later will be severe.
“To our politicians we say this: Some have tried to secure a better deal but our governments have let us down.
“As a consequence, we expect a written, cast-iron guarantee that after the implementation period, sovereignty will mean sovereignty and we will not enter into any deal which gives any other nation or the EU continued rights of access or quota other than those negotiated as part of the annual Coastal States negotiations.”
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