Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson backs pledge to support Scottish fishermen


Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has shown his support for fishermen’s future arrangements by backing a pledge from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP has signed a pledge from the industry body, which commits him to vote against any arrangements that would keep the United Kingdom in the hated Common Fisheries Policy beyond 2020 and that will uphold the UK’s right to have complete control and sovereignty over its own waters, once they leave the European Union next year.

The Prime Minister has outlined to Scottish Conservative MP’s that if a deal is not struck, the EU will have no access to UK waters by 2020.

Mr Carson says this is in stark contrast to the SNP, who want to keep Scotland’s fishermen in the Common Fisheries Policy.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “Whatever way you voted in the EU referendum, there is general acknowledgement that the Common Fisheries Policy has been a disaster for our fishermen.

“That is why as we leave the European Union, we must not be in the CFP beyond December 2020, in order to ensure that our fishermen can benefit from the opportunities of having control over their own waters.

“I am extremely pleased to be backing the pledge by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation that will see the United Kingdom prosper as a fully independent coastal state.

“I would urge politicians from all parties to show their support for our fishermen who have been let down by the CFP and sign the pledge.”