Scotland rejects Brexit transition deal as a sellout of fishermen

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Boris Johnson (L) with a worker as he visits Billingsgate Market, Britain's largest wholesale fish market, during a campaign event, in the City of London, Britain, 22 June 2016. Mr Johnson is a key figure in the Vote Leave campaign in the EU Referendum, where Britons will decide on whether to stay or leave the European Union on 23 June 2016.

Scotland rejects Brexit transition deal as a sellout of fishermen


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The Scottish political establishment has rejected the Brexit transition agreement secured on Monday.

Rage in Scotland is focused on the fact that the UK will remain a part of the Common Fisheries Policy for the 20-month transition period.

Politicians on both sides of the divide in Scotland criticized a Brexit transition deal which failed to deliver full control over fishing rights, with Conservatives suggesting they could not support a final agreement unless it did so.

The ruling Scottish National Party said the deal is nothing less than a “sell out,” with the Scottish Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing accusing the government of treating Scotland as expendable.

 The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, called the agreement “disappointing.” Representing a fishing constituency, the Conservative MP Douglas Ross told the BBC that it was easier to “drink a pint of cold sick than to try to sell this as a success.”

She made clear that she is unwilling to support a deal that does not restore British control over fish stocks in the UK’s territorial waters. 75% of the UK’s fishing catch is exported in the EU and wants to retain access to the market, but limit access to fishing foreign fishing boats.

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