CONSERVATIVE MEP FOR SCOTLAND

Commissioner Vella confirms opt out of the CFP goes beyond ‘mere’ treaty change

In March I had a robust exchange of views in the European Parliament with the person in charge of EU fisheries, Commissioner Vella, on the prospect of an opt out of the Common Fisheries Policy for an independent Scotland.

22.05.2017.

In March I held a robust exchange of views in the European Parliament with EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella, on the prospect of an opt out of the Common Fisheries Policy for an independent Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland should have another independence referendum nearing the end the UK’s exit negotiations from the European Union, “When we are equipped with the facts we need.”

In light of this I thought it was important to confirm the EU’s position in writing, to ensure the Scottish people are “equipped with the facts”.

In my letter I asked the Commissioner to “confirm whether a new EU member state would be obliged to join the Common Fisheries Policy?”

His response confirmed that “an opt out from an exclusive competence area as the Common Fisheries Policy goes beyond mere adjustment to the Treaties that may be justified by the admission of a new Member State.”

The SNP want to pretend it could secure an opt out from the EU’s disastrous Common Fisheries Policy. It just isn't true.

See Commissioner Vella's letter attached to this page.