Nicola Sturgeon: ‘I’ll Give Our Fish Away To Brussels’
There is growing anger in the Scottish fishing industry after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured above) confirmed that she was prepared to ‘give away’ Scottish fishing rights to the EU in return for continuing full membership of the organisation.
The industry has been enjoying a boom period since the Brexit vote and Ms. Sturgeon’s stance has upset the rural north east community where the fishing industry is largely based as they support UK’s withdrawal from both the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after Brexit.
Votes, from the fishing community are crucial in any election. They influenced the SNP’s dismal performance at the last general election as voters became so disillusioned with the SNP’s Alex Salmon that they ousted him from the key fishing constituency of Banff and Buchan – for a farmer.
Ms Sturgeon, who favoured Remain in the EU referendum added that Scotland would remain a part of the Common Fisheries Policy under her leadership.
Ted Brocklebank, a Tory MSP from 2003 to 2011 and former fisheries spokesman told the Telegraph the next move could be to slap down Ms Sturgeon’s hopes for a second referendum because of her stance on fisheries. He wrote:
‘Indeed “hard Brexit” is seen by many as the potential saviour of an industry that has been too long in the doldrums.
‘Orders for new boats are up and former crewmen are clamouring to get back to sea.
‘Far from revivifying the independence dream there is now the very real prospect that Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, and consequently from the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), could actually trigger its demise.’
Members of Scotland’s fishing community press home that they favour a hard Brexit.
But Fergus Ewing, the current fisheries minister, claims the SNP has always been against the CFP.
Ms Sturgeon is now facing mounting pressure from members of her own party, including, Alex Neil and Jim Sillars – who have openly questioned the absurdity of their party’s position on fisheries.
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.