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Farming and fishing leaders urge Ministers to focus on delivering best Brexit outcome

Farming and fisheries leaders today join forces to urge the Scottish Government to ensure sufficient resources are available to deliver the capacity that will be needed to implement trade and export policy after the country leaves the EU.

While recognising that the UK’s exit from the European Union will present challenges, NFU Scotland and the Scottish Fishermen’s […]

June 21st, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Brexit bonanza for fisheries – if we seize the Sea of Opportunity

Referring to a Scottish Government report published today, the UK Seafood Industries post-Brexit, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said:

“This report simply underlines the importance of the UK regaining sovereignty over its own waters and becoming an independent Coastal State with the powers to control access and fishing opportunity. For Scotland that could be worth an additional […]

June 5th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishermen’s leaders push hard for positive Brexit outcome

Scottish fishermen’s leaders held positive talks this week with senior politicians and civil servants as they pressed the case for restoration of sovereignty over UK waters post-Brexit.

One of their meetings was with Olly Robbins, head of the Prime Minister’s Brexit unit, as they seek to persuade key decision makers in Number 10, DexEU, DEFRA and […]

May 31st, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

SFF and NFFO join forces to push for best Brexit deal

The two main UK fishing federations are working together to secure the best possible deal from the EU withdrawal negotiations.

In a joint statement, Bertie Armstrong of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and Barrie Deas of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) said:

“As the Prime Minister has made crystal clear, at the conclusion of the […]

April 30th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

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 […]

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|