Brexit: It’s ‘very dangerous’ if fishermen were ‘misled’ says insider
Reporter Angela Haggerty told the BBC that the problems Scotland’s fishing sector has suffered since the end of the post-Brexit transition period could demonstrate that fishermen were misled regarding Brexit. She also highlighted the danger of the UK Government alienating industries within Scotland that currently support being part of the United Kingdom and Brexit.
Ms Haggerty said: “There is an argument to be had that this is all about problems with procedure and that things will iron themselves out.
“The other argument would be that they were misled in general about Brexit and what it could offer them.
“I think if that turns out to be the case then that is very dangerous.
“That is one of the industries that was promised a lot as being part of the union and being outside the European Union.
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“In terms of the future of Scotland, if you continue to alienate the industries that may already support the union and the UK Government, then you are in big trouble.
“The UK Government has to think very seriously about what it is promising people and how they react when those promises don’t come to fruition.”
This comes less than a month after Nicola Sturgeon admitted Scotland’s fishing sector suffered a “devastating loss” after missing out on Christmas sales to the European Union.
The SNP leader told the Scottish Parliament that Scotland’s seafood sector needed support from the UK Government.
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Scotland had already missed out on peak sales due to France’s ban on UK cargo prior to the end of the Brexit transition period.
Ms Sturgeon said: “What is of real and immediate concern is the impact on our food exporters especially in the Scottish seafood sector.
“This is the peak time of year for seafood exports and the Christmas export trade is now almost certainly lost.
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“That is devasting for our world-class seafood businesses and they do need and will get our support.”
Nicola Sturgeon has consistently criticised Brexit and has outlined her ambition for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom.
The SNP leader wants to take an independent Scotland back into the European Union but the UK Government has ruled out a second referendum on Scottish independence for the foreseeable future.
Scotland voted to remain within the European Union during the 2016 Brexit referendum.
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