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Mr Ross, MP for Moray, was speaking prior to the second reading of the Fisheries Bill yesterday, which paves the way for the UK taking back control of its waters after Brexit. The Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons last night, by 366 votes to 51, with the SNP and Plaid Cymru voting against the legislation.
Only the SNP could take a sea of opportunity and turn it into an ocean of division
Douglas Ross MP
Prior to the division, Mr Ross said: “I think if the SNP really stand up for Scotland, they would not be voting the way they plan to tonight.
“Only the SNP could take a sea of opportunity and turn it into an ocean of division.
“That is exactly what they plan tonight because, for the Scottish nationalists, it is always Britain bad and Brussels good.
“That is not a message I support, it is not a message Scottish fishermen support and it is not something I think the Scottish National Party should be putting forward tonight or at any point.”
In a speech directed at Deidre Brock MP, SNP Rural Affairs spokeswoman, Mr Ross, added: “Last week I was down at Buckie Harbour, speaking with fishermen from Moray and Banff and Buchan, the constituency represented by my honourable friend the Scotland Office Minister, who’s here to listen to this debate.
“And the sense of ambition and enthusiasm from those fishermen about the opportunities for their industry ahead was palpable.
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“And I hate to think what those fishermen must have thought tonight as they listened to the SNP spokesperson, a speech which was sadly insulting and condescending to an industry that means so much to Scotland.
“Because apparently we’re supposed to believe that the SNP’s position is to separate Scotland from the rest of the UK, to take us back into the European Union to be governed by Brussels and then to reform the Common Fisheries Policy, to reform a policy that has not been reformed for decades and that has been to the detriment of Scottish and UK fishermen for the last 40 years.
“That is fanciful and is simply not a credible argument.
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“The Fisheries Bill presents a once in a generation opportunity for the UK industry to learn from the mistakes of the past.
“Why are the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation wrong but the SNP are right?
“Why are the SNP going to troop through the voting lobbies tonight against the advice of representative bodies and against the wishes of fishermen in Moray, in Banff and Buchan, in Angus?
“Because there are opportunities, in this legislation there is an opportunity for the Scottish fishing fleet, for Scottish fishermen and also for fishing communities, because many people I represent in Moray may no longer be active fisherman.
“They may have been in the past, and they’re still passionate about their industry, or they may live in a coastal community that was once thriving because of a fishing industry, and they want to see that returned.
Mr Ross later tweeted the SNP wanted to “take Scotland’s fishermen straight back into the hated Common Fisheries Policy”.
Also in the Commons, Ms Brock said: “For once, rather than blindly following Boris Johnson through the voting lobbies, it’s time the six Scottish Tory MPs stood up for Scotland and the world-renowned fishing industry.”
“Successive Tory governments at Westminster have sold out Scotland’s world-class fishing industry for nearly half a century and today’s Bill proves that nothing has changed.
“On their first day back at Parliament, Douglas Ross and his fellow Scottish Tory MPs must rise to the challenge and stand up for their constituents – not their political masters in London.”
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