Speaking to Express.co.uk, the Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament said she expects Boris Johnson’s Government to protect UK fishermen’s rights across the country. Noting Scottish fishermen will have a significant stake in the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, she warned EU negotiators it is time they “wake up” and realise UK waters are not for sale.
She said: “I’ve always been very, very clear, as a Brexiteer, I would expect our Government to absolutely protect our fishing rights.
“These are our sovereign waters and they’re sovereign territory and we should absolutely retain our right to decide what can and can’t be done in them.
“So I’m very much in the position where I do not want to see the Government trading them or relaxing them in any way.
“They’re not up for sale. And I think that the EU need to wake up and realise that.
“And when you, when you consider most of it is in Scotland as well.
“We have the vast majority of that. There’s waters up here.”
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The European Union is willing to only accept “minor changes” to the opportunities for British fishermen in a move that could scupper Brexit talks.
Michel Barnier has refused to consider Boris Johnson’s proposals because they hand UK boats a sizeable boost.
The European Union’s chief negotiator has complained this could put a third of the bloc’s fishing fleet out of business.
David Frost, the Prime Minister’s Brexit envoy, has tabled plans that would double the amount British fishermen can catch in the UK’s coastal waters.
But the plans have been branded “unrealistic” by influential European policymakers, who have ordered Mr Barnier to stand firm on the bloc’s fisheries demands.
Agriculture minister Julia Klockner said the bloc would have to start preparing for European boats being locked out of British waters after the end of the post-Brexit transition period.
She told the EU Parliament if Britain wanted access to the single market, Downing Street must surrender access to Britain’s waters.
French MEP Pierre Karleskind, who chairs the institution’s fisheries committee, said: “We just want an agreement in which we do not from one day to another destroy one third of the EU fishing fleet.”
The row over fisheries is likely to escalate when the two sides hold a round of trade talks in London next week.
No.10 accused the EU of disregarding the UK’s status as an independent coastal state in the wrangling over the future relationship.