Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart has repeated calls for government action to address Brexit export issues hampering the Scottish fishing industry.
During today’s topical question session Ms Wishart said: “The fishing industry has been used as a political football and there’s anger in the Shetland fleet.” She called for cross government action to secure a solution to export issues to avoid long-term damage to the fishing industry.
Speaking afterwards Ms Wishart said:
“My colleague Alistair Carmichael led an urgent debate on this at Westminster last week, and it’s time politicians in all parties and governments worked together to get a solution.
“It’s just a month since I was told by Michael Gove that the government would “ensure that, in Kent, we do not have the type of traffic disruption that some have feared”. The fishing industry has been let down, and hardworking businesses deserve better.
“We need constructive dialogue between the UK and Scottish Governments and that must include details about when the industry can expect to see compensation.
“A successful fishing industry is vital to local communities and economies in Scotland, not least for Shetland. There cannot be long-term damage to seafood businesses because of government incompetence.”