Carmichael backs Scottish fishermen in no-deal Brexit warning

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has reacted with concern over warnings from Scottish fishermen about the consequences of a no-deal Brexit. Senior figures in Scottish fishing, including Jimmy Buchan, the Chief Executive of the Scottish Seafood Association, suggested on Monday that a no-deal Brexit could "break the back" of the industry.

Reacting, Mr. Carmichael said:

"Scottish fishermen have given the benefit of the doubt to the government over Brexit in the past. They have been fair, and they have been patient. It is hugely embarrassing for the government that the Scottish fishing industry is now being forced to come out and make clear how dangerous a no-deal Brexit is.

"This intervention, after the release of the Yellowhammer documents, shows the mounting concern about the consequences that local fishermen face from a no-deal Brexit. The Government's own analysis shows the risks to Scottish fishing from port blockades, territorial disputes and trade barriers. There is a serious possibility of devastating damage to our fishing industry."

He continued:

"Three years ago, the catching sector was enthusiastic about potential advantages they saw in Brexit, to challenge imbalances in fisheries policy. That senior figures are speaking out now shows just how badly the government is failing to convince Scottish fishermen that they have any real solution for the chaos of a no-deal Brexit."

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