London Branch of the Scottish National
Party hosted a discussion session on Scotland's Fisheries Industry and the
EU Common Fisheries Policy.
Ian Hudghton MEP led with an account of
the lengthy saga of CFP reform talks which had culminated in a disastrous
result for Scotland at the Council of Fisheries Ministers, where all final
decisions are taken, last December.
In his speech to London SNP members Ian
"It is highly appropriate that this
event is being held in London because it is from here, in Whitehall and
Westminster, that Scotland's problems in terms of EU representation, stem.
It was the UK Fisheries Minister who betrayed our coastal communities by
voting against our interests in Brussels. The Scots Fisheries Minister may
only attend these crucial meetings if given a permit by Westminster, and
he does not have a vote!
"Last December, Scotland came off worst
of all EU fishing nations - suffering drastic quota cuts, draconian limits
on days at sea, a limited, rather than permanent, extension to the 12 mile
limit and a real threat to the fundamental principle of Relative Stability
arising from a review.
"Since December 2002, the UK Government
has given support to a proposal to hand over marine conservation under the
CFP to Brussels as an exclusive competence under the draft EU
" This catalogue of betrayal is
unacceptable. Only with Independence can Scotland win the right to top
table representation in Europe, and to ensure that Scotland's vital
interests are properly catered for. "
28 June 2003
PARLIAMENTARIANS VISIT ANGUS SHOW
with SNP Parliamentarians John Swinney MSP, Pete Wishart MP and Mike Weir
MP, local Euro MP Ian Hudghton attended the annual Angus Agricultural Show
at Brechin on Saturday.
The warm and sunny day attracted a large
turnout of visitors who enjoyed the very high quality parade of entries in
the various competitions.
Commenting Ian Hudghton said:
"Once again, Angus has demonstrated the
very best of practice and quality, especially apparent in the livestock
competition entries. With the EU Common Agriculture Policy being reviewed
it will be even more important in future for Scotland's food production
industry to maintain and build upon its reputation for good quality, safe
and healthy methods of husbandry, such as exhibited at the Show."