Getting the best possible outcome for Scottish fishermen
Fisheries Secretary outlines approach to negotiations.
Speaking at the Scottish Fishermen's Federation annual dinner in Edinburgh, Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing said:
“The Scottish Government has taken a consistently responsible and pragmatic approach to engagement with the UK Government, with a focus on constructive engagement to protect and advance Scotland’s fishing interests. And it is pleasing that Defra have chosen to respond in a similar fashion in this case, taking on board our advice and expertise.
“That includes, for example, successfully persuading the UK Government to refrain from seeking new powers over quota for the Secretary of State that would have clearly undermined the powers of the Scottish Parliament.
“This demonstrates that when the UK Government works with, rather than against the Devolved Administrations, positive results can be delivered. And I hope that such constructive engagement can be replicated in relation to other UK Government legislation.
“We are about to embark on a period of unprecedented change for Scotland’s fishing industry, and I’m calling on everyone in the industry to come together and pull in the same direction, to ensure that we get the best possible outcome for our fishermen.
“But I am absolutely clear that my job is to champion the interests of Scottish fishing. That is my priority, whether that requires us to work with UK Government or to act alone, and to press the UK Government to do more or differently. Protecting and promoting the interests of Scottish fishing comes before everything else”