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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 […]

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 […]

Industry pushes for fast CFP exit

The Scottish fishing industry is urging both governments to support its plan for a nine-month “bridge” after March 2019 to smooth the exit from the Common Fisheries Policy.

In his speech to the annual Scottish Fishermen’s Federation dinner tonight, chief executive Bertie Armstrong will set out the reasons for such a “common sense” approach.

He will say: […]

November 1st, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Strong public support for control of fisheries post-Brexit

Almost two-thirds of the public believe access to UK waters should be blocked or limited for EU fishing boats after Brexit.

Thirty-two per cent say vessels must be allowed in only under strict rules while 27 per cent think they must be kept out.

Meanwhile 56 per cent of people agree that exiting the Common Fisheries Policy […]

Great Repeal Bill is first step to full UK control of waters

Responding to the publication today of the UK Government’s Great Repeal Bill, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said: “As far as fisheries are concerned, the Great Repeal Bill is the first legislative step towards full UK control and management of its own waters.

“That control and management cannot be obtained without the […]

UK urged to follow Icelandic approach to fisheries

The UK should follow the example of its northern neighbours Iceland and Norway when it comes to managing fisheries – because they have been far more successful than the EU at conserving stocks and sustaining coastal communities.

That’s the analysis of an Icelandic expert based on his country’s experiences right back to the Cod Wars of […]

July 7th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Statement on Queen’s Speech

Responding to the detail of the Queen’s Speech, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “Brexit will automatically remove the UK from the Common Fisheries Policy framework, so legislation to ensure that the UK is solely responsible for both access to and management of our waters is very welcome indeed.

“It’s heartening that ministers recognise the importance […]

June 21st, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|