23 March 2018

MP Fails to Dismiss Fears Over Even Longer Transition Period from CFP

Calls have been made for Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid to clarify remarks where he admitted a delay in the transition period for Brexit could extend past the predicted timescale set out by the UK Government.

In an interview with Sky’s Political Editor Faisal Islam, the Scottish Tory was asked whether the predicted departure time from the Common Fisheries Policy could potentially be delayed further.

Now Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has called on Mr Duguid to ensure no further delays will be made as the UK exits the European Union.

During the interview, Sky’s Political Editor said:

“The fear would be if the logic and calculus that has led to this delay, why would it just not occur again in a couple of years’ time?”

Responding, Mr Duguid said:

“That’s a valid concern, I think. Which is why I’m not going to take anything for granted. As MP for Banff and Buchan I have to, we have to, hold everyone to account.”

Scottish Tories, many of whom hold constituencies with a fishing community, had promised they would ensure a nine-month transition period between leaving the EU and the CFP (Common Fisheries Policy).

But earlier this week, the UK Government agreed to adhere to the organisation's CFP, which sets catch quotas and vessel access rules, during the 21-month transition period after the UK formally leaves the bloc next year.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“The Scottish Conservatives could not stick to their promise of a nine-month transition period and have failed to do as they said for the fishing industry.

“Now it seems Mr Duguid isn’t even sure he can commit to helping deliver the 21-month transition period.

“It is no wonder the fishing industry is up in arms about the betrayal of the Tories. They let the sector down in the 1970s and as predicted they are doing it once again.

“The SNP has never supported the CFP and we stand fully behind the fishermen - who have called for an end to it - only to be used as a bargaining chip.”

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