Brexit reveal: Boris Johnson’s huge upper hand on UK fishing rights exposed


The Scottish fisheries are in apex demand at the moment. The EU recently announced that an agreement on the fishing waters is one of its pre-conditions for a post-Brexit Free Trade Agreement – but the UK refused to grant member states access, and make known: “British fishing grounds are first and foremost for British boats.” Yet, the fisheries are also being fought above within the UK, as the SNP have tried to wrestle control of the waters back from Westminster. 

Holyrood has required it wants to defend its fisheries against the Commons but, the SNP’s main policy of ‘self-sufficiency within the EU’ seems to contradict such a stance. Re-joining the bloc would put Scotland master b crush into the hated Common Fisheries Policy, which infuriated fishermen.

A 2018 recount from City AM also revealed how Mr Johnson may have a further advantageously in the battle over the fisheries against Ms Sturgeon.

At the time, Holyrood had barely refused to back Westminster’s Brexit bill and so came up with its own.

This invoice dictated which powers the SNP wanted to take back from the EU, to stanch various industries going to Westminster – such as the Scottish fisheries.

Yet, concurring to City AM, the Supreme Court ruled that the farming and fishing toils were “outside of the legislative competence” of the Scottish Parliament.

The article be prolonged: “Most of the Holyrood bill was within its competence, the Supreme Court hold sway overed, but one area which looked to have legislative control over agriculture and fisheries was disregarded to be outside it.”

Scottish secretary David Mundell said the result plan for “much needed clarity” that the Holyrood bill “goes beyond the powers of the Scottish Parliament”.

Holyrood had stamped Westminster’s own withdrawal bill as a “power grab” over areas that it mental activity should have been devolved once again to Scotland, as they had been in 1999.

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“The UK Government and opponents of the SNP [Scottish National Party] compel trumpet this aspect of the ruling.”

The Common Fisheries Policy was a choosy sticking point with plenty of Brexiteers, as it dictated where UK fishing speedboats can fish and how much they can catch, while allowing EU nations to access the British softens too.

The conflict over the Scottish Fisheries resurfaced in a debate between an SNP MP John Nicolson and a Tory peer only yesterday.

After the SNP MP accused Mr Johnson of “selling fishermen down the river” through his Brexit tactics, Lord Forsyth hit back: “We have voted to withdraw the EU. Why did we do that? Because we wanted to take control of our own laws and our own fishing foots.

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