Brexit Negotiations for Shetland Fishing Getting Worse

An extension to the period where fishing is controlled from Brussels without any representation is the worst possible news for the Shetland industry says Shetland MSP Tavish Scott. 

Speaking in Brussels, where he is part of a cross-party delegation of MSPs, Tavish said: 

"Senior UK Government and European figures want an extension to the so-called transition period until 2022. That means a longer period where local fishing is controlled by the Common Fisheries Policy. From next year this policy will be imposed on our industry, our boats and coastal communities without any representation from UK and Scottish Ministers. This is truly the worst of all worlds.

"It is the opposite of what we have been told by the UK Government. They said we will be out of the CFP in 2019. Now it may be another 3 years before fisheries policy is a local responsibility."

Tavish Scott met Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit negotiations representative, on Monday in Brussels where it was confirmed that status quo would continue.

Tavish added: 

"The status quo means that UK and Scottish Fisheries Ministers negotiate the share of fish quotas and other essential details that our industry depend on. But from 2019 it will be worse than that. Our Ministers will have no right to attend and speak at these EU meetings. We will have a policy that must be followed but no ability to change that policy. This cannot be in our interests.

"The UK Government need to explain why they have allowed this to happen."

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