Bright future for fishermen says David Duguid

Banff & Buchan MP David Duguid says there will be a bright future as an independent coastal state

As the UK Government pushes forward with its border controls ahead of the end of the UK Withdrawl transition period on December 31, Banff & Buchan MP David Duguid says there will be a bright future for fishermen with the UK being an independent coastal state.

The UK Government have stated that the Transition Period will not be extended with the UK completing its exit from the EU on 31 December 2020.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove said

We have informed the EU today that we will not extend the Transition Period. The moment for extension has now passed. At the end of this year we will control our own laws and borders which is why we are able to take the sovereign decision to introduce arrangements in a way that gives businesses impacted by coronavirus time to adjust.

Today’s announcement is an important step towards getting the country ready for the end of the Transition Period, but there is still more work to be done by both government and industry to ensure we are ready to seize the opportunities of being a fully independent United Kingdom.

Speaking in his role as Minister for Scotland, David Duguid said

Scotland’s entire fishing industry has a bright future as we leave the unfair Common Fisheries Policy. Leaving the EU means that Scotland, and the other Devolved Administrations, will see a significant increase in the decision-making powers in fisheries, and for protecting the marine environment. We are working to support our coastal communities as we, once again, become an independent coastal state.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said

We have been absolutely clear that we would not be extending the transition period. I firmly believe that’s the right thing to do, because Scottish businesses need certainty. They need to know what to plan for. Our focus now must be on making the very most of the global opportunities that leaving the EU will bring to Scotland.

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