Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has criticised the Government for failing to deliver on promises made to the fishing industry about their future post-Brexit. The Brexit implementation period deal has committed the UK to remaining part of the Common Fisheries Policy, despite a commitment Mr. Carmichael secured from the Prime Minister in October last year where she said: “When we leave the European Union, we will leave the common fisheries policy.”
Commenting Mr. Carmichael said:
“This is not the deal that fishermen across the country were promised by the leave campaign, or by Michael Gove and the Prime Minister. The negotiating weaknesses of the Government must not be allowed to lead to long term losses for the industry.
“The Prime Minister committed us to leaving the Common Fisheries Policy when we leave the EU, and has now let down fishing communities across the country by watering down this commitment.
“The Government have let down fishermen for the first two years after Brexit, the question now is whether they will let them down indefinitely at the end of the transition deal.”