European Union Negotiations (Fishing Rights)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 10th September 2020.

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Photo of Peter Chapman Peter Chapman Conservative

An article in The Times newspaper on Tuesday reported that a Scottish Government delegation in Brussels suggested to European Union officials that United Kingdom negotiators should make concessions to the EU on fishing rights in the Brexit talks. I am sure that the First Minister will realise that, if that is true, that significantly weakens the UK’s negotiating position and could, therefore, result in a much poorer outcome for our fishermen. Will the First Minister confirm or deny that that conversation took place as reported?