The SNP position on fisheries has been branded ‘disingenuous’ by the Scottish Conservatives today.
The claim comes following a Conservative-led Holyrood debate on the future of the sector today where the SNP Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing refused to back a commitment to keep fishermen out of the CFP.
The SNP removed a key section of the Scottish Conservatives motion – we must not return to the common fisheries policy – which the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has been campaigning strongly for since the result of the vote to leave the European Union.
Last month, SNP MPs Eilidh Whiteford and Mike Weir both signed a Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Brexit pledge to exit the EU and the CFP.
Commenting, Scottish Conservatives Fisheries Spokesman Finlay Carson MSP said:
“We have seen more flip flopping from the SNP when it comes to their position on fishing than a north sea haddock.
“It is misleading, it is disingenuous and frankly it is insulting to everybody in Scotland with an interest in seeing our fishing industry prosper.
“I was extremely disappointed to see that the SNP amendment refused to back a commitment to keep fishermen out of the CFP. Something which I am sure will be noted by our fishing communities when they cast their ballot on the 8th of June.
“We now know beyond any doubt that the SNP have no regard for the fishing communities of Scotland.”