MSP: Let Scotland lead the fisheries negotiations

Stewart Stevenson new picture
Stewart Stevenson new picture

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP, Stewart Stevenson, has called on the Conservative UK Government to let Scotland lead on fisheries negotiations and allow significant local input.

Mr Stevenson spoke in a Parliamentary debate on the implications of the EU Referendum result and the UK negotiating position.

He said: “Westminster is woefully out of touch with the needs of Scottish fishing. The Conservatives claim to have the economic interest of Scotland at heart, but that just isn’t true.

“If that was true, they wouldn’t be attempting to take us out of the EU single market or the free movement of people. Both are essential to maintaining our exports and their actions are a damning indictment of their economic policies.

“The Common Fisheries Policy has never been good for us. I agree with the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation that we need fairer shares of catching opportunities within our own waters.

“The Scottish Government and the local fishing communities have the expertise, knowledge, and motivation to get the best deal for our fishing sector,” he added.