Staying in the Common Fisheries Policy during the implementation period is unacceptable

Staying in the Common Fisheries Policy during the implementation period is unacceptable

It is understandable that the EU wants to keep the current system that so unfairly disadvantages the UK. A position where the UK remains in the Common Fisheries Policy during the implementation period, but has no say over EU policy or annual quotas is completely unacceptable and a situation I hope would be rejected by the House of Commons.

Scottish fishermen voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU, ditch the CFP and take back control over our waters out to 200 nautical miles.

Fishing is a vital totemic industry for the whole of the UK, and for Scotland in particular.

The huge swing in support of the Scottish Conservatives in the general election in north-east constituencies like Banff and Buchan and Moray can be attributed in no small part to the party’s stance on Brexit and the CFP.

We must seize the huge sea of opportunity afforded by Brexit to revitalise the Scottish and UK fishing industry.

By taking back control of our natural resources we have an opportunity to nearly double the size of our fishing industry. The Scottish Fishing Federation, for example, predict a fishing boom that could be worth £2.7bn to the economy and 30,000 jobs.

Therefore, to achieve this we MUST take back control of our 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone. Be clear that UK national fisheries resources are not negotiable and that we will therefore be setting our own fisheries policy from 29 March 2019. We cannot remain party to the CFP during the proposed implementation period.

Taking back full control of the UK’s fisheries resources can demonstrate that the UK Government can deliver for our coastal communities, deliver for Scotland and deliver for the whole UK. Whereas the SNP wants to drag Scotland back into the EU.

The long established policy of Nicola Sturgeon’s party is for an independent Scotland to be a fully paid up member, with control over fisheries exercised by Brussels.

The SNP also wants the UK to remain in the single market and customs union.

That would mean our fishermen remain shackled to the Common Fisheries Policy, which has been nothing short of disastrous for Scotland’s fishing fleets.

Rather than seek to continue with the failed CFP, we should seize the sea of opportunity and start the work of revitalising all our coastal communities.

UK national fisheries resources are not negotiable - we must be free in March 2019
Scottish fishermen voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU, ditch the CFP and take back control of our waters