Fishing’s future ‘in doubt if Scotland goes independent’
A UK Government minister has claimed the future of the Scottish fishing industry could be plunged into doubt if the nation becomes independent.
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael predicted yesterday that Spain could veto Scotland’s application to join the EU unless it won major new North Sea fishing rights.
He suggested EU entry talks could threaten the principle of “relative stability”, which is quotas based on historical practice, as well as the fishing grounds known as the “Shetland box”. The SNP dismissed the claims, saying the northern isles MP should “check his facts” as European fisheries rules would not be rewritten.
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