Elspeth Macdonald fishing chief has written a letter to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson alleging that he failed the Scottish fishing industry following what she described as a ‘desperately poor’ Brexit fisheries deal with the European Union.
Ms Macdonald told Mr Johnson that a good number of the Scottish vessels were still glued to the ‘quay wall’ as a result of the new Brexit agreement it signed with the EU while stating that the Prime Minister misled everyone with the deal.
“You and your government have spun a line about a 25 per cent uplift in quota for the UK, but you know this is not true, and your deal does not deliver that.
“There is a huge disappointment and a great deal of anger about your failure to deliver on promises made repeatedly to this industry.
“We will have another chance to revisit this in 2026, so there is much to do between now and then to prepare the ground for that.
“But for now, the priorities must be your government securing enough fish though the talks currently taking place with the EU and Norway for 2021,” Ms MacDonald wrote to the British PM.
Moreso, Jimmy Buchan, who’s the chief executive of the Scottish Seafood Association said the fishing industry was in chaos due to the new Brexit regulations that were sealed on New Year’s Eve.
“There has been a lot of direct engagement between the industry and ministers and civil servants in recent days, and plenty of soothing words about resolving ‘teething troubles’.
“But these are not minor impediments to trade. The industry in Scotland has basically ground to a halt and businesses that employ hundreds of people in communities around our coastline are losing money,” he said.
Fergus Ewing Scottish Environment Secretary has urged the UK government to as a matter of urgency see that businesses affected by the new rules are duly compensated. However, Westminster ministers have assured they’re working to resolve whatever issue that has been caused by the new trading regime.