Alister Jack meets with Prime Minister to discuss Scottish fishing industry

Local MP Alister Jack joined parliamentary colleagues in Downing Street  to discuss the importance of the Scottish fishing industry with the Prime Minister.

Control over the UK’s fishing waters is one of the powers that will return from Brussels once Britain leaves the European Union.  As a result, the UK Government will be able to set its own UK fishing quotas and decide who has access to the UK’s waters.

The Scottish Fishing Fleet is estimated to be 2,031 with almost 5,000 fishermen.

The UK Government announced its intention to introduce a Fisheries Bill in the 2017 Queen’s Speech, and yesterday’s meeting was a chance for Mr Jack and other MPs to feed their views into the drafting of that bill.

Following the meeting Mr Jack said, “It was useful to sit down with the Prime Minister and discuss this vitally important Scottish industry.

“The Common Fisheries Policy has not been good for Scotland or the UK and the vast majority of Scottish fishermen cannot wait to see the back of it.

“At the end of the Brexit process the UK will once again becoming an independent coastal state and this create a host of opportunities for our fishing industry and communities.

“In 2016 EU fishing boats landed more fish and shellfish from the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone than UK boats did, something that we can reverse when the powers over fishing are returned.

“As Brexit negotiations progress I will continue to meet with the Prime Minister and other UK Government Ministers to make the case for a strong Brexit deal for our rural communities”.