Scottish independence ‘final nail in coffin’ of fishing industry – Sturgeon must ‘move on’

Independence ‘final nail in the coffin’ for fishing says fisherman

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Scottish fishermen have warned against Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for an independent Scotland. The SNP leader vowed that she would give “the people of Scotland a choice over their future once the Covid crisis has passed”. But members of the Scottish fishing community have shown they do not support her plans to break away from the United Kingdom.

Speaking on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland, Elsbeth McDonald said: “We are no longer constrained by the EU rules of the Commons fisheries policy.

“The new fisheries act and the UK gives significant new powers to the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish government to determine how we manage our fisheries.

“We really government to work with industry to co-design an effective, good management programme for the future.”

Another fisher John Steven added: “If you asked me if I would like Scotland to be independent and barking to Europe.

“I think that would be the final nail in the coffin for the fishing fleet.

“Brexit is done and dusted. Let’s move forward and get on with it.

“If I could vote again, I would vote for it.”

The SNP this week has been warned it could miss out on a majority at the Holyrood election, according to a new poll.

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The Savanta ComRes survey for The Scotsman predicts that the party will return 63 MSPs in total – two short of a majority – the same number as in 2016.

However there would still be a pro-independence majority at Holyrood, with the Scottish Greens forecast to return eight MSPs, two more than 2016, and the party predicted to secure 7 percent of the list vote in 2021.

Only 1 percent of voters said they plan to vote for Alex Salmond’s Alba Party, which would leave it without a single MSP elected.

The poll projects that the SNP will return a constituency vote of 46 percent and a list vote of 38 percent in the May 6 election.

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The survey also predicted that the Scottish Conservatives will achieve 25 percent of the constituency vote and 23 percent of the regional list, which would see it return 32 MSPs – one more than in 2016.

Scottish Labour is forecast to return 20 percent on the constituency and 17 percent on the list vote and is predicted to return 21 MSPs, three fewer than in 2016.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats are predicted to return five MSPs, the same number as in 2016, with 6 percent of the constituency and 5 percent of the list vote.

The poll of 1,001 Scottish adults also found that support for Scottish independence is split, though support for No has increased since a survey at the start of April.

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