The Tories support leaving power in the hands of the UK government, which has signalled
that EU vessels will continue to have access to Scottish waters as of right claims
The SNP challenges the Tories to reject this “damaging approach” which risks treating
Scottish fisheries as “expendable” yet again.
Western Isles SNP candidate Angus MacNeil said: “So the Tories voted to sell out
Scottish fishing interests again yesterday. Then again, they now have nearly half
a century of doing so.
“They declared our fisheries as ‘expendable’ in the 1970s as we entered Europe, and
are gearing up to sell out our fisheries again, if we have to leave.
“Powers over fisheries should be fully devolved, allowing Scotland to take a unique,
localised approach to our fishing sector, putting the interests of our fishing communities
and the wider natural environment at the heart of what we do. I would want us to
go further given the area of waters the Hebrides bring to the table.
“The Tories in Scotland now have a choice to make. Do they support the needs and
interests of our fishing industry and sector?
“Or do they side with their UK counterparts to sell out Scotland’s coastal communities
in forthcoming Brexit negotiations?
“Voters in communities with significant fishing interests need clarity about this
“Especially now, it is vital to have strong SNP voices standing up for Scotland –
only then can we stop the Tories from trading away the future of our fishing communities
or keeping control in London.”
MacNeil urges Tories to back full devolution of fisheries after Brexit
19 May 2017
Following a Scottish Parliament vote yesterday, backing the SNP’s call for all powers
on fisheries to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament after Brexit, the SNP’s Angus
B MacNeil, has challenged the Scottish Tories to “respect the will” of Holyrood.
Otherwise they will be “complicit in Westminster selling out Scotland’s fishing industry
once again,” he said.
A majority of MSPs from all parties except the Tories voted in favour of devolving
full powers over fisheries to enable the design of a management framework best suited
to Scottish needs and the interests of Scotland’s fishing industry and sector.