Special Brexit deals for others but only betrayal for Scotland must surely boost the independence movement

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As the UK Tories tie themselves in knots over Brexit and plead for special deals for the City of London, for Ireland, for Gibraltar and UK car manufacturing, they throw the fist sacrifice to the EU – Scotland’s fishing fleet.

Duped into voting No in 2014, voting Yes for Brexit and voting Tory last year, the owners of the Scottish fleet and their workers are slapped in the face with a wet haddock as the Tories fail to protect UK fishing waters from incursions by the massive fleets from Spain and France.

Anyone with a brain bigger than the average fish could have seen this coming. The fishing industry is very small economically compared to the revenues from City of London trade in financial services or UK car manufacturing. It’s now clear that the UK taxpayer will meet the full cost of access to European markets for these two. We are yet to see just how much Brexiteers will have to sacrifice to preserve soft borders for Ireland and Gibraltar but it is clear that voting No in 2014 has convinced the Tories that the Scots can be exploited with no fear of them seceding. The Scottish Tories have threated to revolt on this issue, but I’ll believe that when I see it. The Scottish media, including BBC Scotland, have also talked tough, for now, in their headlines:

https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1410697-news-stand-fishing-industry-betrayed-in-brexit-talks/

https://stv.tv/news/politics/1410678-scots-tory-mp-compares-brexit-fishing-deal-to-cold-sick/

 Brexit: EU implementation agreement ‘betrays’ UK fishermen

Brexit deal sparks furious row over Scotland’s fishing industry

According to the Scotsman:

‘The announcement sparked a furious row between Scottish Tories and Downing Street, with Ruth Davidson warning that her MPs could vote against the final Brexit deal unless it contains firm guarantees that the UK will take full control of fishing rights in its waters after 2020. One Scottish Conservative MP compared the transition deal to a “pint of cold sick”.’

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/brexit-deal-sparks-furious-row-over-scotland-s-fishing-industry-1-4708728

This alleged show of anger fills me with little confidence that they’ll even abstain never mind vote against the bill. Buying their support will cost Theresa far less than the DUP did.

Once we see the costs of the special deals for real priorities like the city of London and Nissan, and the Scottish fishing fleet sails up the Thames, saltires flying, surely enough No voters will get the message and turn?

 

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6 thoughts on “Special Brexit deals for others but only betrayal for Scotland must surely boost the independence movement

  1. Contrary March 21, 2018 / 8:49 am

    Good map! Is there really an economic zone called ‘high seas’?! Fantastic ,,, there be kraken? John, you should have explored your artistic side and drawn on some fishies, and kraken; definitely would have enhanced the imagery.

    Have to say that Gary on GMS yesterday gave whatever Tory Twit was being interviewed a hard time re the fishing thing – ‘selling out Scottish fishing’ etc – fluff and bluster when asked if he’d be calling out T May on the subject though & it was left at that. I’m just fed up with the lot of them (eye rolls, and deep sighs).

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    • johnrobertson834 March 21, 2018 / 9:42 am

      Here be monsters! Explored my artistic side at Glasgow Sch of Art in 1969 and found only a wee plagiarist so dropped out….man.

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      • Contrary March 22, 2018 / 8:14 pm

        Yup, we all suspected a misspent youth. Still, a few tentacles creeping in the edges wouldn’t be beyond you, surely, and this new digital age is the plagiarist’s playground 🙂

        What makes me feel really good though, is that I was only one year old when you were at college 😀

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  2. Alasdair Macdonald. March 21, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    Several of the UK media were plugging the line about what a tiny part the UK (sic) fishing industry contributes to the GDP. Essentially, they were ‘putting it in its place’, i.e. indicating that it is expendable and ‘a price worth paying’ to ‘bribe’ other European countries into providing ‘sweeter deals’ for things like financial services. That’s what Heath did and that’s what Gove was going on about last year, before his brief volte face a fortnight ago along with THE COLONEL, and then yesterday, in Westminster he was defending the deal. The Tory Chief Whip was arrogantly saying, ‘fishermen will never vote Labour’, i.e. they are useful idiots who have voted for us and for Brexit and now we will knee them in the goolies, because they are of no further use for us. What this comment also shows is the anglocentric mindset. The largest part of the fishery is in Scottish waters and the alternative to the Tories in the fishing communities is the SNP.

    Sadly – my Calvinist pessimism re-emerging – that I am dubious if these betrayals will change the minds of too many about independence. Almost the entire canon of the unionist arguments of 2014 have been demonstrated to be clear lies and yet the pro-independence vote is still around 45%.

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