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Jeane Freeman MSP
Jeane Freeman MSP
Jeane Freeman MSP
Jeane Freeman MSP
Jeane Freeman MSP

Press Release

Tories Sell Out Scottish Fishing in Brexit Deal

Published date : 19 Mar 2018



The Tories have sold out Scottish fishing and abandoned their promises to the industry, MSP Jeane Freeman has said. 

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson last week said that “Britain will leave the CFP as of March 2019”, while Michael Gove had previously said that there would be “a specific transition period for fishing of nine or 10 months”.

But the draft terms of the Brexit transition deal show the UK government has agreed to abide by CFP rules for the whole of the transition period, which ends in December 2020. 

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation responded that “This falls far short of an acceptable deal”. They continued: “Put simply, we do not trust them to look after us.” 

Commenting, Jeane Freeman MSP said: 

“The Tories have sold out the fishing communities here and across Scotland once again – and Ruth Davidson should be shame-faced for her fastest broken Brexit promise yet. 

“Just last week she said ‘Britain will leave the CFP as of March 2019’. 

“Now we know not only will the UK have to abide by CFP rules during the transition period, it will lose the voting rights it has now. The Tories have delivered the worst possible outcome for Scotland’s fishing industry. 

“The Tories have demonstrated once again that for them that our local fishing communities are expendable. 

“They are so arrogant they now think they can do whatever they want to Scotland and get away with it.” 



“The Prime Minister has been clear: Britain will leave the CFP as of March 2019. We both support her wholeheartedly.” 


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