Johnson tries to bait Scots fish­er­men

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - AGENDA -

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”

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