SFF CEO, Elspeth Macdonald was one of the Scottish fishing industry representatives who met remotely with the UK Chief Negotiator
On Friday, 26 June, Scottish fishing industry representatives met with David Frost, the UKG’s lead negotiator on Brexit, in advance of the intensified negotiations between the UK and EU that start today, 29 June.
Speaking afterwards, Elspeth Macdonald, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) Chief Executive, said: “We had a very positive discussion, and repeated our clear and consistent position that a fisheries deal must not compromise sovereignty by ceding access to UK waters. This has long been our red line, and we were clear that it is the bar by which we will judge success, as controlling access to our waters is a fundamental principle for an independent coastal state.
“We were re-assured by the Government’s acknowledgment that a fisheries agreement cannot compromise on sovereignty, and that getting the right outcome on fishing, by enshrining the principles that will underpin our rights and responsibilities as an independent coastal state, is a top priority for Government.
“This is the key to unlocking the Sea of Opportunity: through a fisheries agreement that provides the right framework for annual negotiations between sovereign equals – just as the EU does with other independent coastal states.”