Monday, 23 December 2013

Response from DEFRA

DEFRA has responded to the points made by FAL as enumerated in this posting. They seem to agree with us.

Dear Mr McColl,

Independent Scotland & Fisheries

Thank you for your email of 29 November providing your views on the fisheries content within the white paper ‘Scotland’s future - Your Guide to an Independent Scotland’. I have been asked to reply.

The Government agrees that the analysis in the guide underestimates the challenges for an independent Scotland negotiating in the EU as a small member state. It is the UK Government’s view that Scotland’s interests are best represented by being an integral part of the UK.

I would also encourage you to respond to the Fisheries Balance of Competence Review Call for Evidence that is open until the 13 January. The review is looking to gather evidence from stakeholders such as you, with experience and understanding of what EU membership means for UK fisheries. The review will provide an informed and objective analysis of the impact of the EU’s power to act and aims to deepen public and parliamentary understanding of the nature of our EU membership. We are keen to hear your views and ensure the report reflects the range of views held by stakeholders on these important issues. Further details on the review can be found at:

FAL will be submitting evidence. May we encourage other organizations and individuals to do so as well.

Merry Christmas to all our readers.