Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has voiced concern over reports that the UK Government may agree to a ten-year review for fisheries quotas in a trade deal with the EU. Reports over the weekend have suggested that the Government would break promises made to fishermen that the UK would be able to renegotiation access to UK waters yearly, in order to secure a wider deal with the EU.
Mr Carmichael said:
“Boris Johnson and the Vote Leave campaign promised fishermen that they could have full control over UK fisheries and it is by that standard they will be judged. Fishermen wanted a yearly review process so this would represent a major breach of trust with coastal and island communities. If the government thinks it can trade away fisheries as a last minute bargaining chip then they will find that fishing communities have long memories.
“This would be far from the first Brexit promise broken by Boris Johnson but it will be one of the biggest for fishermen.”