Not good news for Scotland. As expected, Scottish fishing fleet to be sold out in Brexit deal



My initial prediction that access to Scottish fishing waters would be given as part of a Brexit deal to save greater priorities for the Tory government – Nissan’s sales in the EU, London’s Financial sector, the soft border for Ireland and whatever for Gibraltar – seemed to be contradicted, at first, in statements like:

‘Theresa May to announce UK will reclaim its waters for British fishermen’

However, my initial reaction looks more plausible after UK Environment Secretary, Michael Gove’s recent turnaround:

‘Michael Gove has reportedly told European fishermen they will still be able to catch “large amounts” in British waters after Brexit. The Environment Secretary, is said to have told fishermen during a trip to Denmark that Britain’s fish industry is too small to process all the fish itself. According to those present at a meeting with Mr Gove, he said: “Britain has no fish cutters [employed to clean, trim and bone fish] or the production facilities enough to catch all the fish in British waters.” The unexpected comment, made as the first round of withdrawal talks between Britain and EU continue, has delighted the European fishing industry but alarmed British fishermen.’

Who’d have thought we couldn’t trust the Tories’ promises or knowledge, for that matter? Remember this?

‘Michael Gove faced ridicule today after he accused the EU of ruining British fishing – and then blundered over the names of two major fishing ports. The Justice Secretary and leading Brexit campaigner declared that fishing was “very close to my heart” as he blamed the EU Common Fisheries policy for destroying the industry in the UK. Gove said that his father’s business as a fish merchant in Aberdeen had collapsed, partly because of strict catch quotas set in Brussels. But within seconds he seemed to have kippered himself after mixing up the names of two Scottish ports – referring to Peterborough and Fraserhead rather than Fraserburgh and Peterhead.’

It is probably true that Peterborough’s fish processing facility is too small. As for Gove’s heart, who thinks he has one?


19 thoughts on “Not good news for Scotland. As expected, Scottish fishing fleet to be sold out in Brexit deal

  1. John August 6, 2017 / 10:10 am

    What a defeatist attitude for a Brexiteer to take , he wanted us out of the EU , now he is saying we can’t cope with the work .What he has to do then is to start preparing for the future , start building the facilities , start training the people , isn’t that what this is all about , jobs for us !


    • johnrobertson834 August 6, 2017 / 11:49 am

      Exactly. Why don’t we have the facilities? Because the Spanish and the French were landing the catch at their facilities. We can more build more facilities.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. johnrobertson834 August 6, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Or just accept less are processed and push up the prices while conserving stock at the same time


    • Clydebuilt August 6, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Old, my computer’s steam powered… . . I would have thought that when you get a lot of people reading an article the ones that liked the article would check the site out for further articles rather than do google searches for “bad news for Yoons” , I remember you quoted over 9000 hits for one going down to around 270 for the next. . . Found that surprising.


      • johnrobertson834 August 6, 2017 / 3:01 pm

        Yes, the 9 000 was for a negative too – the first Kezia sobs one. Good news is no, strike that, less, news?


  3. johnrobertson834 August 6, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    I know what it is. Readers want ‘not good news’ not ‘good news’, more.


  4. Clydebuilt August 6, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    The Yoons were getting their defence in early, on the same day that Gove’s offer to Denmark’s fishermen became public, a spokesman for the Scottish White Fish Assoc. was on BBC radio Scotland , saying they always knew they wouldn’t get it all, that negotiations would have to happen. . . Didn’t hear any of this during the EU referendum or the May election . . . They’ve been sold a pup . . . Wonder where I heard that . . .

    Liked by 2 people

    • johnrobertson834 August 6, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      Is that a young dogfish? The Scottish fishermen were encouraged to vote leave weren’t they?

      Liked by 1 person

  5. johnrobertson834 August 6, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Not good news – 919; Oil companies making more – 357; Kezia – 21; SNP pressure – 179; total 1971 with more than 1400 coming via Facebook. Interesting for nerds like me. 2001 as of now.

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  6. Cairnallochy August 6, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Bertie Armstrong has been quoted as saying that what is important is that “we” control the allocation of fishing quotas. Are the “we” being referred to

    -the fishing organisations?
    -the Westminster Government ?
    -the Scottish Government ?

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  7. Derick Tulloch August 8, 2017 / 6:45 am

    Bertie is, or rather was, a career British military man. 32 years in the Royal Navy, ending up as Harbourmaster at Faslane.

    Safe to say his outlook may be a trifle unionist. The cushy pension probably helps.

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  8. fynesider2 August 14, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    “Gove said that his father’s business as a fish merchant in Aberdeen had collapsed, partly because of strict catch quotas set in Brussels.”

    I read a report that quoted Gove’s faither as denying this..


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