National Party MEP Ian Hudghton on Monday (10 May) took part in a major
hustings preceding the European Election
campaign, organised in conjunction with Ullapool
FishWeek. In a lively question and answer session Mr. Hudghton condemned
the Liberal and Labour Parties for attempting to mislead Scotland’s
fishing communities into thinking that the CFP may be reformed. Mr.
in the disastrous deal voted for by the UK Fisheries Minister at the
December 2002 meeting of the Council of Ministers,
was a reformed CFP. This will not be reviewed until the year
2012. It is disingenuous of Liberal and Labour politicians to now claim
that they are working within the CFP in order to reform it. They inflicted
a flawed reform upon us with very weak provision for regional advisory
councils, only a temporary continuation of the 12 mile limit, and the
threat of review hanging over relative stability and the Shetland Box.
solution is to withdraw from the CFP and I call upon all Parties at
Westminster to vote for MP Alex Salmond’s
Bill, which would extract us from the CFP and devolve responsibility to
Scotland for our own fisheries management.
Liberal and Labour Parties would blindly advocate support for an EU
constitution which, as currently drafted, would entrench the CFP for all
time as an exclusive competence of the European Union. The SNP is calling
on Tony Blair to wake up to this threat and veto the exclusive competence