Highlands and Islands Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston has said that the agreement on fisheries signed today between the UK and Norway is of huge importance to the Scottish fishing industry.
“This is a major step in our progress to becoming an independent coastal state capable of striking our own deals on behalf of our own fishermen.
“The days of EU bureaucrats in Brussels making all the decisions are over.
“This agreement is particularly significant for our coastal communities which have been yearning for the opportunity to rebuild our fishing industry and bring back well-paid jobs to areas which desperately need them.
“As confidence in the future returns, the only impediment seems to be the attitude of the SNP Government which is hell-bent on delivering us straight back into the EU’s disastrous Common Fisheries Policy.
“No doubt, SNP politicians, usually so voluble, will greet this agreement with our Scandinavian neighbour with utter silence.”