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Results 1–20 of 50 for brexit speaker:Peter Chapman

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2016-17 (7 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: ...cannot afford to be at the mercy of the SNP’s incompetence again. I recently met leaders of the offshore fishing industry in Peterhead, who explained the many potential benefits of the Brexit result. I cannot understand the SNP’s denial of the potential benefits for the fishing industry. We have some of the best fishing waters in the world, and getting control over them will be a huge...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2016-17 (7 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: We have two years to get to that position, and in the meantime nothing will change. I am talking about the many potential benefits of Brexit, and I cannot understand the SNP’s denial of those benefits. When fishermen list the priorities that would help their industry to grow and that would support coastal towns, will the SNP listen? Sadly, no. When a group disagrees with the Government...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: ...should not be surprised by that when, in the words of the First Minister, independence transcends everything else. She said: “The case for full self-government ultimately transcends the issues of Brexit, of oil, of national wealth and balance sheets”. That is a shocking statement. It would shock unemployed oil workers in the north-east, and it would shock all those who are waiting to...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: That is the democracy that we have until we change it. There has been much talk of uncertainty following Brexit, but there would also have been great uncertainty for farmers, fishermen and crofters if we had remained in the EU. We do not know—and we will not know for some time—what the next common agricultural policy system will look like, but we know that, year in and year out, CAP...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: ...SNP understood their concerns about “Brussels mismanagement”. They may even have cheered when Mike Russell was appointed to Nicola Sturgeon’s cabinet as the minister with responsibility for Brexit, as he co-authored a book called “Grasping the Thistle” in which he wrote that trade, not political integration, should be the basis of our relationship with Europe. The fervour with...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: ...know the huge prize in being able to set the rules in some of the richest fishing grounds in the world. That said, we cannot allow our vital fishing industry to be used as a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations. I am glad to say that some members of the SNP see Brexit as an opportunity. Councillor John Cox, an SNP councillor, has recognised the opportunity that Brexit presents for...

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2016)

Peter Chapman: ...the deal, but it was outvoted. The cod will be of great interest to Portuguese, French and Dutch fishing crews, but totally useless for our industry, because our fishermen do not fish there. Post-Brexit, the UK will have far greater control over who fishes in our waters and the rules governing them. We will trade away fish only for other tonnage that our fishermen can catch and have a...

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2016)

Peter Chapman: That is exactly what I am saying. Post-Brexit, we will have such control. I have emphasised that. I read with interest Fergus Ewing’s comments in yesterday’s Press and Journal , in which he quite rightly blamed the CFP for the last-minute Norway deal. I do not understand how he squares that stance with his desire to remain in the EU and thus keep the fishing industry subject to the CFP....

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2016)

Peter Chapman: ...of 28 countries under majority voting, so it is inevitable that the UK will not always win every fight around that table. That is why, when industry leaders talk about the sea of opportunity that Brexit presents, I take them seriously. We will be a sovereign nation controlling some of the best fishing waters in the world. Our decisions and our trade-offs will be made with the UK’s best...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing (17 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...would be protected and that they recognise the huge prize that could be won. As Theresa May set out today, now is the time for the whole country to unite behind getting the best deal possible from Brexit and making it work for everyone. To that end, I encourage Scottish Government ministers—as I have in the past—to engage fully with their UK counterparts, to stop trying to increase...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Development (Funding) (19 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...argue for roughly the same level of support as we have been used to. It is time for the SNP to accept that we will not be members of the EU after 2019 and to start planning for the future after Brexit. Starting that process will require a clear set of objectives. It will need guiding principles that inform policy throughout. There are serious concerns that the population of farmers is...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (24 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...growth of farm woodland. That would assist in making farmers less dependent on volatile food prices by diversifying their businesses, and is vital if we are to deliver our tree-planting targets. Brexit undoubtedly poses a challenge for funding new forests post-2020, but the answer is simple: the money must be allocated. Reports tell us that we are on course to import nearly 80 per cent of...

Scottish Parliament: Freedom of Movement (Agriculture and Horticulture Workers) (1 Mar 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...entry in the register of interests. The minister will be aware that farmers north and south of the Tweed will be looking carefully at the issue of agriculture workers. Does he agree that the UK’s Brexit approach should be based on economic issues across sectors, and not geography?

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Law Reform (2 May 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...crofts, which would potentially provide opportunities for new entrants and young crofters. Jamie Greene also highlighted that issue. Furthermore, Mr MacKinnon pointed out the opportunities from Brexit. Indeed, with more focus on environmental issues post-Brexit, there could be better ways to support crofting. There is, no doubt, much to be said about such an idea, and I hope that the...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (17 May 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...their fish are in great demand in Europe—indeed, buyers are queueing up to get the top-quality fish that we supply, which is often unavailable elsewhere. It is also a fact that our stance in the Brexit negotiations is to get a comprehensive free trade deal. Why should we not get a free trade deal, given that such a deal is as much to the Europeans’ benefit as it is to ours? Iceland...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Negotiations (Fishing Industry) (18 May 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...specific in saying that we are leaving the common fisheries policy and taking control of our waters to 200 miles, is the minister, like me, very much clearer on the way forward for fishing post-Brexit? It is certainly not expendable.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...the opportunities that leaving the EU may bring. The SNP continually shouts that the Westminster Government is planning a so-called power grab, yet we have been absolutely clear that, after Brexit, Holyrood will have more powers. When will the SNP start to work positively and support the process of getting the best possible deal, instead of using the process as a means of berating and...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...spoiling tactic is making the securing of a good deal for the whole UK much more difficult. Instead of being positive about the sea of opportunity that there will be for the fishing industry after Brexit, Fergus Ewing has announced that Scottish trawlers will suffer a quota cut if a certain percentage of their fish are not landed in the UK. That is completely the wrong approach. We all...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Strategy (14 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...UK. Of the beef that we produce here, 90 per cent is exported, and 90 per cent of that goes to England. Our internal single market is vital and we need to remember that during all the talk about Brexit. This has been a good debate. It has been consensual and optimistic for the most part and I have enjoyed listening to and taking part in it. If only I had a dram to add to my glass of water,...

Scottish Parliament: Fish Processing (5 Oct 2017)

Peter Chapman: We expect increased tonnages of fish landings post-Brexit, so it is very concerning that, between 2008 and 2016 in Scotland, there was a 34 per cent decline in fish processing factories and a 12 per cent decline in people employed processing fish. Those fish are being driven to areas such as Grimsby where there are significantly lower business rates and running costs. There seems to be no...


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