Blackford warns of Brexit ‘hammer blow’ to fishing communities

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Lochaber MP Ian Blackford has warned that the UK government’s Brexit plans will be the ‘worst of all worlds’ for Scotland’s fishing communities.

The SNP’s Westminster leader criticised the Tory government for repeatedly selling out Scotland’s fishing industry in its talks with the EU, and said that if the government continued with its Brexit plans it would deliver a ‘hammer blow’ to fishermen across the country.

He also called for serious reform – or repeal – of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and said that Scotland was being left ‘without a voice in negotiations’.

Mr Blackford said: ‘Fishermen need a fair allocation of fish stocks and further reform is needed so that Scotland’s fisheries are able to thrive and succeed. That can only be achieved by being at the top table and being able to stand up for our interests.’