Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, says the system for issuing visas for people outside the EU working on British fishing boats is not working and must be re-visited by the Government. Mr Carmichael made the comments after being elected as Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fisheries in Westminster on Wednesday (12 July).
Commenting, Alistair Carmichael said:
“This was a productive first meeting. I am looking forward to continuing the work of the group towards ensuring the sustainability of the fleet in these uncertain times.
“The system by which fishing workers from outside the EU are issued with visas is simply not fit for purpose. These are essentially transit visas for British boats fishing outside of territorial waters and it is very complicated for the industry to comply with the law. As a result, skippers are fishing where the visas allow them to, rather than where the fish are. I want to see a meeting between the Immigration Minister and all parties in order to find a solution to this particular problem, as well as all the other issues relating to Brexit.”