Angus Brendan MacNeil MP, SNP Fisheries spokesperson at Westminster is writing to the Secretary of State for DEFRA Michael Gove MP to ask that he clarifies what implications Brexit will have on the Scottish fishing industry.
Mr Macneil is urging Westminster to resist a power grab of Scottish fisheries and enable the Scottish government to negotiate on behalf of Scottish fishermen and thus prevent them being betrayed by the UK Government as happened when the UK joined the European Union.
Angus MacNeil MP said: “According to UK Government figures, a World Trade Organisation deal will result in damage to GDP of 8 per cent, or more than four times the damage caused by the economic crash. Clearly, based on these figures Brexit is an all-round unmitigated disaster.
“The only mitigating area that I can see is in fisheries, but the UK government is in danger of giving that away. Therefore, I am urging the UK government to get fisheries off the Brexit table and not to use this vital Scottish industry as a bargaining chip. Power over fishing needs to be given to the Scottish Government to prevent Scottish interests in this industry being negotiated away.
“The UK government have had very little to say on fisheries. They have acknowledged that they have been dodging questions I have asked them in the House of Commons, about who will get the increased tonnage they say they will take from the European Union and when the benefits of this will be seen.”