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Industry leaders urge Prime Minister to secure positive Brexit deal

Scottish fishermen’s leaders today pressed the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK takes back complete control of its waters after Brexit.

In a timely and important meeting at Number 10 Downing Street, Theresa May indicated that she understood the widespread dismay within the industry at the transitional deal which means skippers and crews will continue […]

March 28th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

‘Far short of an acceptable deal’ – SFF on interim Brexit agreement

Reacting to the agreement for fishing during the implementation period, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said:

“This falls far short of an acceptable deal. We will leave the EU and leave the CFP, but hand back sovereignty over our seas a few seconds later. Our fishing communities’ fortunes will still be subject […]

March 19th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

SFF welcomes commitment from across UK government to leaving CFP

Fishermen’s leaders today welcomed the commitment from two senior cabinet ministers and the leader of the Conservatives in Scotland to leaving the Common Fisheries Policy in March 2019.

In a joint statement Michael Gove and Ruth Davidson, who were on opposite sides in the referendum campaign, backed the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation position.

Chancellor Philip Hammond also voiced […]

Statement on EU draft trade talks guidelines

Reacting to the EU’s draft guidelines for trade talks published today, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “There cannot be ‘fairer shares’ for our fishing communities if we maintain existing reciprocal access.

“This latest gambit must be rejected. When we leave the EU we leave the Common Fisheries Policy and assume our rightful place […]

Backbone needed as negotiations with EU on fisheries begin

Responding to a government document setting out the UK’s legal position on the transition or implementation period today Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “It is very encouraging that the UK government has rejected the EU’s proposals and intends that we become a fully functioning Coastal State from 29th March 2019.

“With […]

Animations show dangers of subsea hazards to fishing

Fishing remains the most dangerous peacetime occupation in the UK. This already hazardous job is made even more difficult by the 100,000 kilometres of cables and pipelines and 4,000 surface and subsea structures that lie off the coast of the UK and northern Europe. These obstacles frequently become hazards for fishing vessels; snagging fishing gear […]

February 12th, 2018|Marine Safety & Training, Press Release|

Industry welcomes positive stance from ministers on CFP exit

Scottish fishermen’s leaders today welcomed commitments by UK government ministers to leaving the Common Fisheries Policy in March 2019.
 
In media comments, environment secretary Michael Gove and home secretary Amber Rudd explicitly raised the issue of Brexit providing a great opportunity for a better deal for fishing communities.
 
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Mr Gove said […]

February 4th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Overwhelming public support for UK taking back control of fishing grounds

There is powerful public support for the UK taking back control of its fishing grounds when the country leaves the EU in March 2019, or soon afterwards.

A YouGov poll commissioned by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation found that 79% of voters who expressed an opinion believe the country should exit the Common Fisheries Policy right away […]

January 16th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishermen urge EU nations to avoid hardline stance

Scottish fishermen’s leaders have cautioned other EU countries against trying to block the UK taking back control of its fishing industry in the Brexit negotiations.

At the conclusion of the last but one round of annual negotiations in Brussels over fishing opportunity, they said it would be counter-productive for the 27 EU nations to adopt hardline […]

December 13th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishermen urge ministers to rule out long Brexit transition

Fishermen’s leaders today urged ministers to rule out a long Brexit transition for the industry to ensure clarity for UK fleets as they leave the Common Fisheries Policy.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of umbrella body the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said that to fit in with the calendar of international fisheries negotiations, a nine-month “bridge” is all […]