In a frank statement to the
European Parliament Fisheries Committee, a top European Union lawyer has
backed SNP fears over the proposal to designate 'marine biological
conservation' an exclusive EU competence under the draft constitution.
Responding to questioning
from MEPs the European Parliament's own legal adviser, Matthew Moore,
stated that "exclusive competence" means giving a power to the EU 'in
perpetuity', with no possibility of changing the situation for perhaps 50
Commenting Ian Hudghton
"This advice starkly
illustrates the danger for Scotland's fishing communities from allowing
any part of the CFP to be entrenched in a constitution, and why the SNP
have been seeking deletion of the reference about exclusive EU
"In my view no part of the
CFP should be immune from change. On the contrary, the CFP is not working
and requires to be either rewritten or scrapped.
"Today I will be meeting
with Ben Bradshaw MP, the UK's new Fisheries Minister, and will call on
him to ensure that the UK Government give a commitment to deleting the CFP
reference from the list of proposed exclusive competencies."
Ian Hudghton MEP will be part of a delegation of MEPs from the European
Parliament Fisheries Committee to meet Ben Bradshaw at DEFRA in London
at 17.30 today 9 July.