COMMENTING on the result of the referendum today rejecting independence for Scotland, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:
‘Whilst the decision has been made for the constitutional status quo, as far as fishing is concerned there will most definitely need to be change in how we work together as an EU member state.
‘For the last 18 months, the Scottish Government has lived in two parallel universes: engaging in normal business such as international negotiations, but pursuing at every opportunity the argument for separation.
‘The Scottish Government had a mandate for this and it was absolutely right and necessary for the referendum process to run its course.
‘But now that the referendum is over, the Scottish and UK governments need to work together as closely as possible.
‘There are many challenges facing fishing, most notably the forthcoming discards ban, which has the potential to devastate our fishing fleets.
‘We have had enough arm-wrestling during the independence debate, now is the time to work as a united team to get the best deal possible for fishing.
‘We will be contacting both Fisheries Ministers in the coming days to set this in train and we are committed to playing our part in the process.’