12 February 2020
Andrew Bridgen seeks assurance that the UK will take back control of our fishing waters

Andrew Bridgen seeks assurance that the UK will take back control of who fishes in our waters and deliver a better deal for fishermen across the UK.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

7. What steps he is taking to support the Scottish fishing sector. [900715]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Douglas Ross)

Thank you very much. I am busy today, Mr Speaker.

At the end of 2020, we automatically take control of our waters. This opens up a sea of opportunity for our fishing industry in Scotland, and across the UK. As I have said before, this Government will work tirelessly with our fishermen and coastal communities across Scotland.

Andrew Bridgen

Can my hon. Friend confirm that by becoming an independent coastal state once again we will be able to deliver a better deal for fishermen across the United Kingdom, and that ultimately we will control who fishes in our waters?

Douglas Ross

I can confirm that we will no longer be bound by the EU’s outdated and unfair method for sharing fishing opportunities. We will set our own fishing quotas, based on science, and decide who can fish in our waters. I have to say that I share my hon. Friend’s optimism for the future of our industry, and it is an optimism that I have heard time and time again from fishermen and fishing communities the length and breadth of Scotland.

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