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Ian Hudghton
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31 March
Hudghton - Parliament must reject Spanish stitch up on fish

SNP Euro-MP Ian Hudghton MEP has called on Euro-MPs to reject moves led principally by Spanish MEPs to radically alter the Common Fisheries Policy to the detriment of the Scottish fishing industry.

Speaking in the debate in Parliament on proposals for a fisheries protocol between Europe and Greenland, Mr Hudghton slammed the Spanish led proposal as an underhand assault on the Scottish fishing industry that comprehensively undermined existing safeguards.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Ian Hudghton MEP said:

"Many Scottish fishing communities regard Greenland with envy because they are outside the CFP but for as long as Scotland remains inside, it's essential that what is already a bad deal is not allowed to become even worse for Scotland.

This amendment would thoroughly undermine the principle of relative stability in access to fisheries which guarantees Scots their historic rights to a reasonable share of designated fish stocks. If the Spanish get their way, they would be eligible to apply directly to the Commission for quota swops giving them access to Greenland fishing opportunities. It would only be a matter of time before similar demands are made for access to the north sea.

This would effectively tear up what is by and large the only saving grace of the disastrous Common Fisheries Policy. It is an underhand stitch up and a cynical ploy to plunder Scottish waters - it must be stopped at all costs."

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