Johnson tries to bait Scots fishermen
In his usual colourful and direct style, Boris Johnson talks of the EU plundering Scottish waters if Mrs May’s current Brexit deal is voted through next week – however unlikely that might appear now.
Mrs May almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with her disastrous general election decision, so who knows what she might pull off this time.
Writing for the P&J today, Mr Johnson warns of the dreaded CFP (Common Fisheries Policy) rearing its ugly head again in a new disguise if the deal is passed.
This was the main reason so many fishing communities in Scotland voted for
Brexit in the first place – to escape the ravages of CFP, which they felt had all but destroyed their proud industry. Tortuous annual EU fishing negotiations ended with Scots crews gaining with one hand and losing with the other.
No amount of assurances by the UK Government about the security of Scottish fishing grounds have done anything to relieve a feeling of dread that they will again become a bargaining chip to be gambled away with the EU as part of negotiations during any transition period.
Much to the Scottish Government’s discomfort, many Scottish fishermen wanted out of the EU. They might not share much in common with Mr Johnson, but his message will touch a nerve in these uncertain times for Scottish fishing.
“His message will touch a nerve in these uncertain times for Scottish fishing”