Laird: It is now clear the Scottish Tories cannot support Brexit deal

A leaked draft document setting out the UK-EU’s future relationship post Brexit makes a mockery of the Scottish Tories, says Lesley Laird.

The text confirms that both sides have not yet agreed a way forward on fisheries, fuelling fears from the UK fishing industry that the EU will demand full access to UK waters in return for agreeing a future trade deal.

In addition, the industry fears it may be locked into the Common Fisheries Policy beyond December 2020.

The text states: “Within the context of the overall economic partnership, the parties should establish a new fisheries agreement on, inter alia, access to waters and quota shares.

“The parties will use their best endeavours to conclude and ratify their new fisheries agreement by July 1 2020 in order for it to be in place in time to be used for determining fishing opportunities for the first year after the transition period.”

Commenting on the draft Future Economic Partnership, Shadow Scottish Secretary, Lesley Laird said: “After over two years of negotiations, the best the Prime Minister could come up with was 26 vague and ambiguous pages of buzz words to outline what our relationship with the EU will look like after Brexit.

“The Scottish Tory MPs, including David Mundell, recently wrote to the Prime Minister telling her that they could not support her Brexit deal if it prevented the UK from independently negotiating access and quota shares or if access and quota shares were even included in the Future Economic Partnership.

“This draft agreement makes a mockery of that red line and, in addition to being included in the draft future partnership, states that the UK and EU should establish a new agreement which includes access to waters and quota shares.

“David Mundell must resign with immediate effect and his Scottish Tory colleagues must make clear that they will not support this half-baked deal which has breached every red line they have ever set.”