Scott to discuss fishing and Brexit with Michel Barnier


Shetland MSP Tavish Scott will travel to Brussels this week, where he will meet with the European Commission chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier.

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott will travel to Brussels this week, where he will meet with the European Commission chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier.

In particular Mr Scott plans to raise his concerns with Mr Barnier that our potential exit from the European Union will have a detrimental impact on the trade of time-sensitive fish stocks across the channel given that much of the Shetland fishing industry produce is delivered to Europe.

More generally, Mr Scott will discuss the state of the Brexit negotiations, particularly in light of the German federal elections.

Mr Barnier has previously been the French Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, a portfolio he held from 2007 to 2009. This, amongst a wealth of other experience influenced the decision to appoint him as the European Commission chief negotiator.

In addition to meeting Mr Barnier, Mr Scott will meet Urs Bucher, the Head of the Swiss Mission to the European Union, and Didier Seeuws, the Council Special Taskforce Chief Negotiator.

Mr Scott said: ‘I want to raise Shetland issues with the European Commission’s chief negotiator as fishing and seafood are our most important industry. This is an opportunity to make the islands case to a person at the heart of the UK – EU brexit negotiations. I look forward to that opportunity’


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