Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has called on the Government to clarify their commitment to safeguarding UK Fishermen in the negotiation on exiting the European Union.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr. Carmichael asked:
“With regard to the common fisheries policy, the Secretary of State will be aware that before we had the CFP, we had the London Convention of 1964 which governed access of foreign vessels to the 6 to 12 mile limit waters, is it the Government’s intention to remain a party to that convention after we leave the EU?”
The Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom, said:
“What I can say to the Rt. Hon. Gentleman is that I am very aware of the issues around the London Convention it is something we are looking at very closely and we will be able to make comments on it in the near future.”
Speaking after the exchange, Mr. Carmichael said:
“The Fishing industry has been promised a lot by those promoting Brexit. We now need to ensure that the Conservative Government honours these promises. The London Convention, as I understand it, is not hugely significant now. The unwillingness of the Secretary of State to address that, however, illustrates the need for the Government to give this the clarity that it needs and deserves."