Ryan Scatterty, chairman of the Scottish Seafood Association, which represents fish processors, said he was “deeply disappointed” that senior Hollywood figures had called on the UK to backtrack on its tough demands on fishing rights. The remarks by Scottish government officials were made during talks between the SNP government and the bloc, which differs from the post-Brexit trade talks between Brussels and Whitehall.
Ms Stargen and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michelle Bernier, are among those who have been taking part in the talks for the past few months.
The Scottish government is said to have told the EU that “both sides need to move a bit” on the controversial fishing issue.
Mr. Scatterty said Express.com He said he was “deeply disappointed” to hear that Mrs Sturgeon had backed down from the UK government in exchange for Scottish reunification in order to “represent the fishing rights” of Scotland.
He said the ministers’ actions were “undermining” the UK’s trade talks with the EU, which continued in Brussels earlier this week.
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He said: “They have made it very clear that the long-term goal of the current Scottish Government administration, the SNP party, is that they want to rejoin the European Union.
“Well, quite simply, rejoining the European Union means we will bargain for our fishing rights so that no reversal happens.”
Mr Scatterti has refuted Fergus Ewing’s claim that Scotland’s rural economics secretary would not have hit the brick wall if post-Brexit trade talks on fishermen had taken place if Hollywood officials had taken part.
Although he believes the SNP ministers’ concerns about a deal for the fishing industry are not true, he said their actions and words are hurting Britain’s position.
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Mr Scatterty said he was concerned that “what they seem to be interfering with is not helping us make a deal for all of us”.
He added: “Foreign affairs and trade agreements are a reserved matter, not a deviation.
“The Scottish Government and especially the SNP ministers have made no secret of their aspirations towards Scotland, if we gain independence, become part of the European Union again.
“By doing this, they will only remove any potential benefits from fisheries rights or BRACSIT.
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“Obviously, one of the benefits of coming out of the UK from the European Union is to regain our fishing rights.”
Informal talks between Mr Bernier and the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost, continue in Brussels this week, ahead of the ninth round of talks on 26 September.
On Wednesday, the head of the European Commission warned that the prospects for a trade deal with Britain were fading.
Ursula von der Lane said: “As the days go by, the prospects for a timely agreement begin to fade.”
European Union countries are most dependent on the UK for fishing
The EU has asked the UK to withdraw the domestic market bill, which seeks to override parts of the withdrawal agreement.
Boris Johnson has refused to bow to the EU’s demands, and the government has said the bill would violate international law.
A spokesman for Scotland’s constitutional secretary, Michael Russell, has accused former prime minister Ted Heath of “selling out” the UK’s fishing interests by signing the 1973 agreement with the European Economic Community.
And they said the Conservatives were ready to sell fishing rights to British fishermen again.
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Spokesman Dr. Express.com Week: “Either the UK government renews its commitment to access to fishing waters – or it reinforces the situation that will see devastating tariffs and other export barriers in our seafood sector.”
“Stories that publicly denounced the EU’s intent to violate international law and threatened to destroy all prospects for an agreement with the EU are hypocritically accusing someone else of undermining the negotiation process.
“The UK government has ignored the will of the Scottish people during this process – who want to stay in the EU in large numbers – and everyone knows that the blame for the current turmoil lies entirely with the hardline Brexitans who have taken over the Tory party.”
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