Fishing leaders welcome Secretary of State for Scotland to Peterhead

MP David Duguid, Scottish Secretary David Mundell and Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation Bertie Armstrong at Peterhead Fishmarket
MP David Duguid, Scottish Secretary David Mundell and Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation Bertie Armstrong at Peterhead Fishmarket

Scottish Secretary David Mundell visited Peterhead this morning and re-iterated the industry's demand for a clean exit from the Common Fisheries Policy.

Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation Bertie Armstrong said: "I'm glad the Secretary of State has chosen to visit Peterhead to hear for himself the opinions of individual fishermen and processors on the fantastic Sea of Opportunity that Brexit presents for this industry, which is so important to our coastal communities.

"The General Election delivered a powerful message from those communities to both the UK and Scottish governments that we have to get out of the CFP.

"It's clear that the message is being received by politicians and we now need them to deliver in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations on the restoration of control of our seas so that we can manage this sustainable natural resource in a practicable manner for the future."

Mr Mundell re-iterated that the UK is coming out of the EU, the Common Fisheries Policy and the London Fisheries Convention and pledged to do everything possible to protect the interests of the industry in the Brexit negotiations.

Mr Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, said: “The fishing industry is an important part of Scotland’s rural economy, and I am clear that we will do everything possible to protect the promote the interests of the sector.

“There should be no doubt, we are leaving the EU and the disastrous Common Fisheries Policy.

“The strong message from industry leaders today was that they want to seize the opportunities from leaving the EU to revitalise our coastal communities. I am committed to ensuring that happens.”

New Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has insisted that he will stand up for the vital fishing and fish processing sectors.

Mr Duguid said: “I think the fact that the Scottish Secretary has come to Peterhead in the first week since the election sends a very clear message of support to our fishing industry.

“I said throughout the general election campaign that Brexit was a key issue and that we must prioritise our fishing industry in the negotiations.

“The fishermen are quite rightly looking to the Conservatives to be their voice as we leave the EU, and I am 100% committed to working to ensure we get the best possible deal.

“The Secretary of State made it clear during the visit that we are coming out of the EU, we are coming out of the disastrous CFP and out of the London Fisheries Convention.

“I know that will be welcomed by our fishing industry here in the north-east, and I hope that people across the area see that the Conservative Government is committed to delivering for this area.”