Scottish Fishermen’s Federation leaders meet both Conservative Party candidates for the next UK PM during their visits to Scotland
Scottish Fishermen’s Federation leaders today met both candidates campaigning to lead the Conservative Party and to become the UK’s next Prime Minister during their visits to Scotland.
Both expressed their support for the Scottish fishing industry and acknowledged that there is work to do to improve the Brexit deal on fishing when the current adjustment period expires in mid-2026.
Ian Gatt, SFF President, said: “We made clear to both candidates the critical importance of the UK having full control of access to our waters beyond 2026, in line with every other independent coastal state. Both agreed that if they win, they will meet us in their early weeks in No 10 to drive forward this, and other vital issues for our industry.”
Elspeth Macdonald, SFF chief executive, said: “We were pleased that both candidates asked to meet SFF during their busy schedules, and we were able to raise important issues for fishing such as spatial pressures in our crowded seas and the need to find solutions to barriers around access to labour.”
Hannah Fennell, recently appointed as SFF’s vice-President, said: “It was heartening to see that the Scottish fishing industry ranked highly in both candidates priorities. They both know there is much to do, and their commitment to continue dialogue with us welcomed.”
Source: Press Release