Fast exit from CFP urged

Brexit: Make fish­ing in­dus­try a spe­cial case, Tory back­benchers tell May

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY JEN­NIFER MCKIERNAN WEST­MIN­STER RE­PORTER

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May lis­tened to Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid make the case for a unique Brexit deal for the fish­ing in­dus­try dur­ing a Down­ing Street meet­ing.

Mr Duguid held talks with Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive MPs as well as with Con­ser­va­tives rep­re­sent­ing coastal con­stituen­cies in Eng­land.

The Banff and Buchan MP urged the prime min­is­ter to en­sure the UK leaves the Com­mon Fish­eries Pol­icy (CFP) im­me­di­ately at the point of Brexit on March 29, 2019, and se­cure a ninemonth tran­si­tion pe­riod in or­der to en­ter talks in De­cem­ber 2019 as an in­de­pen­dent coastal state.

“I was very pleased to be given the op­por­tu­nity to make my case di­rectly to the prime min­is­ter,” he said.

“Fish­ing is a vi­tal and totemic in­dus­try, not just for Scot­land, but for the whole of the UK,” added Mr Duguid.

“Con­firm­ing sup­port for the ‘bridge pe­riod’ would be vis­i­ble and pop­u­lar ev­i­dence that we had ac­tu­ally left the EU and that there are tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits to Brexit.

“The fish­ing in­dus­try must be granted unique and spe­cial sta­tus in the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“Coastal com­mu­ni­ties the length and breadth of our United King­dom have suf­fered long enough.”

Mo­ray MP Dou­glas Ross was also able to share his views with Mrs May.

He said: “It was use­ful to sit down with the prime min­is­ter and ex­press the views I am re­ceiv­ing from fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties in Mo­ray.”

Speak­ing in a West­min­ster de­bate on the fu­ture of the UK fish­ing in­dus­try later the same day, West Aberdeen and Kin­car­dine Tory MP An­drew Bowie said a forth­com­ing Fish­eries Bill would be able to set out the way for­ward for the in­dus­try.

“I am look­ing for­ward to the forth­com­ing Fish­eries Bill, which will lay the ground­work for all of these ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

“The Brexit vote has led to great op­ti­mism in the Scot­tish fish­ing in­dus­try, and with good rea­son.

“Brexit of­fers a whole host of op­por­tu­ni­ties for re­viv­ing our fish­eries and our coastal com­mu­ni­ties in gen­eral.

“It now falls to us to de­liver for them.”

“Brexit has led to great op­ti­mism in the Scot­tish fish­ing in­dus­try”

FISH­ING TALKS: MP David Duguid meets Theresa May at Down­ing Street yes­ter­day

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