Anne Main questions the Government about the UK’s post-Brexit control of fishing processes which have been so damaging to the marine environment

20th March 2018

Following the Secretary of State for the Environment’s statement on negotiations relating to future fisheries management arrangements post-Brexit, Anne Main seeks assurances that we will have greater control not only of our fisheries, but of our fishing processes, which have been so damaging to the marine environment.

For decades, EU trawlers have plundered our waters and fished in ways that have caused damage to our marine environment. It seems that the Scottish Government are prepared to accept that situation in perpetuity. Indeed, we have heard comments that they do not trust the EU for a year; I am afraid I have not trusted the EU in its negotiation strategies over the fisheries policy for a very long time. Can the Secretary of State confirm that we will have greater control not only of our fisheries, but of our fishing processes, which have been so damaging to the marine environment and which a lot of us would be very glad to see an end of?

My hon. Friend makes two very important points. Yes, it is not just the case that the fishing industry benefits by being outside the CFP; our marine environment also benefits. She also makes a very important point about the Scottish Government. They want to keep us in the common fisheries policy and deny Scottish fishermen the opportunities of leaving the CFP. In that position, their protestations ring hollow this afternoon.

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