Distribution of fishing opportunities

Part of Fisheries Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 13th December 2018.

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Photo of Paul Sweeney Paul Sweeney Shadow Minister (Scotland) 3:45 pm, 13th December 2018

It seems that we are in violent agreement on some things—we cannot do wrong for doing right, can we? Interestingly, I think that adding the amendment to the Bill would define the process and make it clear. That is why we also supported a clear dispute resolution mechanism being in the Bill. That, too, would have provided a clear, unequivocal process that would have allowed us to resolve these problems with the different partners in the UK. I have to say that I was rather disappointed that the SNP abstained on that amendment, but we are where we are. I think this is a worthwhile measure and it will be helpful for us to proceed on this basis. I urge the Minister, in good faith, to support it to bind our Union together even more.