Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has reacted to an open letter from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation to the Prime Minister, saying there should be no surprise at the level of anger felt by fishermen. Chief Executive of the SFF, Elspeth Macdonald, wrote in the letter that the fishing industry faces “the worst of both worlds” after leaving the EU, and that “many in our industry now fear for their future”.
Mr Carmichael said:
“The level of anger from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation for Boris Johnson should come as no surprise after the past few weeks. They feel betrayed by the Prime Minister and rightly so. This is not what the industry was promised in 2016 and indeed just a few months ago the Government continued to pretend that they would hold to commitments on zonal attachment and annual negotiation. Those commitments have been cast aside and our fishermen are paying the price for the Government’s lack of political will.”