Monday, 8 February 2021

Scots Fishermen Need Action Now on Brexit Chaos

SNP Blast 'Clueless' Scottish Tory Over Month of Losses

Boris Johnson’s UK Tory government has been urged to take action now to mitigate the impacts of Brexit as it sets up a working group headed up by ‘clueless’ Scottish Tory Minister David Duguid.

More than a month after the end of the transition period Scottish fisheries are still suffering from increased costs, mountains of red tape and rotting fish in the back of lorries.

It comes as a ‘seafood taskforce’ is set up in the Scotland Office, one month too late for the seafood industry which has been forced to its knees because of Brexit.

The group will be led by Tory MP David Duguid who in an interview earlier today on Good Morning Scotland, cast aside the serious concerns of Scotland’s fisheries as ‘teething problems’ and that Westminster was ‘doing everything it could’, despite these problems going on for more than a month and calls for extra support falling on deaf ears.

Commenting, SNP candidate for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Karen Adam said:

“At a time when the Tories should be focusing on sorting out the challenges being faced by Scotland’s fishing communities, it is having endless discussions when it should be taking tangible action to protect the industry.

“It has been more than a month since the end of the transition period and what the Tories arrogantly dismiss as ‘teething problems’ continue for Scottish exporters. David Duguid is completely clueless as to the issues being faced by exporters in his own constituency.

“Scotland’s fisheries have been completely neglected by the Tories since the end of the transition period and it demonstrates the priorities of Westminster that this taskforce will only meet every fortnight.

“Fishermen do not have a fortnight to wait to fix these problems, they need support now.

“That is why the Scottish Government has stepped in to provide much-needed support for businesses by investing £7.75million to mitigate some of the harm caused and provided funding for two Brexit supervisors to be taken on at Seafood Scotland. The Tories cannot be trusted to protect Scotland’s fishing industry.”

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Boris Johnson Caught Lying to Scottish Fishermen - Again

The SNP has slammed Boris Johnson for blatantly lying to Scottish fishermen during a campaign visit north of the border today.

Speaking to the press during the so-called ‘essential’ visit to Scotland, Johnson chose to repeat false claims that North Sea cod and North Sea haddock will see “big increases” in quota and a “25% increase in overall quota in just the next few years”.

Earlier this month, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation wrote to the Tory Prime Minister saying the 25 per cent figure was not true.

The Federation’s Chief Executive, Elspeth MacDonald, wrote “you and your Government have spun a line about a 25% uplift in quota for the UK, but you know this is not true, and your deal does not deliver that.”

Ms MacDonald also described the “great deal of anger” regarding Boris Johnson’s failed promises to the sector.

Analysis from the Scottish Government in December 2020 found that Scottish fishing interests would be adversely impacted by the Tory Brexit deal with drops in the key fishing stocks mentioned by the Prime Minister, rather than the “big increase” he falsely claimed.
Commenting, SNP candidate for Banffshire & Buchan Coast Karen Adam said:

“Boris Johnson has been caught hook, line and sinker repeating total lies to Scotland’s fishermen.

“The industry is quite rightly livid with the total disregard this Tory government has shown towards vital seafood businesses in the middle of a global pandemic.

“Anywhere this Tory Prime Minister goes he leaves behind him a trail of lies, bluster and broken promises. He must set the record straight and apologise to the industry for repeating this false narrative.

“Scotland has been ignored and lied to since day one of this Tory Brexit process.

“People in Scotland have the right to choose a better future – it’s clearer than ever the only way to protect our interests is through independence.”

Thursday, 14 January 2021

"How Long is Piece of String?" - Tories Blasted for Fishing Industry Complacency

Tories Must Take Responsibility for Seafood Industry Chaos

The Tories have been blasted for “sheer complacency” when it comes to the Brexit delays which are putting Scotland’s seafood export industry at risk - after a senior Tory disregarded industry concerns and attempted to shift the blame for the Tories’ Brexit chaos.

In an interview with the BBC, Scotland Office Minister David Duguid was asked how long it will take to fix supply chain problems caused by Brexit. He responded “how long is a piece of string?”

Jamie McMillan, Managing Director of Loch Fyne Langoustines, told the Good Morning Scotland programme that small Scottish seafood companies are being put out of business by Brexit delays.

He asked Tory MPs to “stop lying” to the Scottish fishing industry, which he said was “dismayed” about being “led down the garden path” by Boris Johnson.

Yesterday the Tory government's Fisheries Minister faced calls to resign after admitting that she had not fully read the details of the damaging Brexit deal on fisheries because she was “very busy organising the local Nativity trail”.

SNP candidate for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, Karen Adam, said:

“The responsibility for these problems lies solely at the door of Tory politicians who promised our fishing industry everything, yet have delivered absolutely nothing.

“Despite claiming that there would be a ‘sea of opportunity’ when it came to our fishing and seafood sectors, UK Tory Ministers have now washed their hands of all responsibility, showing sheer complacency about the threat to one of our most successful industries.

“The Tories told lie after lie about what would happen when we left the EU. Instead, what we have is chaos, poor preparation, systems that don’t work and businesses being left to fend for themselves - and a UK Fisheries Minister who astonishingly admitted she had not even read the damaging Brexit deal because she was busy organising a Nativity trail.

"It’s a disgrace that the Tories think they can just walk away and tell Scotland’s food, drink, seafood and farming industries that they’ll just have to suck it up.

“Boris Johnson and his band of Brexiteers simply can’t be trusted when it comes to standing up for Scottish interests. The only way to protect our economy and industry is to become an independent country within the EU.”

Monday, 7 December 2020

Karen Adam Calls On UK Government Not To Sell Out Scotland's Fishing Industry

SNP candidate for Banffshire & Buchan Coast Karen Adam
has called on the UK Government not to sell out Scotland’s fishing industry as trade talks for leaving the transition period with the European Union come down to the wire.

Commenting, Karen Adam said:

“The Tories sold out Scottish fishermen on our way into Europe, and now they are gearing up to do the same again on the way out of the transition period by preparing to use Scotland’s multi-million-pound fishing industry as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the EU.

“It’s time for the Tories to do right by Scotland’s fishing industry to ensure our fishermen get a fair deal and our fish processors continue to get access to their EU markets.

“Unlike the Tories, the SNP will always stand up for Scotland’s fishing sector. If Scotland had a seat at the EU top table as an independent member we’d always put Scotland’s interests at the heart of any negotiations.”

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