Ian Hudghton (Greens/EFA) – Scotland’s coastal communities must not be made to suffer as a consequence of Brexit. A London Tory government deemed our fishing communities expendable on our way in to the EU and it would be no surprise if the industry is deemed by the UK Government to be expendable again on the way out. This resolution calls for a new bilateral partnership agreement and it is vital that the UK agrees only to a deal which will benefit our fishing industry, fully adhering to international law. The agreement must allow Scottish fishermen to fully benefit from our resource-rich waters. And our fishermen’s interests must not be bartered away for the interests of the City of London or any other sector. The key word in this resolution is ‘agreement’ – and the UK government must only agree to a deal which fully protects our coastal communities. As part of that deal, fishing powers must be returned to the Scottish parliament so that we can benefit Scotland’s coastal communities, managing our rich fishing resources sustainably and entering future fisheries negotiations as a normal coastal state. I call upon the UK Government to give our fishing communities the priority they deserve in this negotiation.

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