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On Christmas Eve the UK and EU announced a new trade deal which will replace Brexit transition arrangements from the beginning of next year. This means Britain will no longer pay into the Brussels budget or accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
However it will continue to trade with the EU on a zero tariffs basis for goods.
Under the deal 25 percent of the EU’s fishing quota in UK waters will be reallocated to British fishermen by June 2026.
At this point the UK will take full control over its fishing waters and will negotiate fishing quotas with the EU on an annual basis.
It is estimated by 2026 the deal will give British boats an additional £145m in fish caught each year.
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Ms Sturgeon argued the deal doesn’t go far enough commenting: “The fact that many predicted it, doesn’t make it any less galling.
“The Tories have sold out Scottish fishing all over again.
“Promises they knew couldn’t be delivered, duly broken.”
However online critics pointed out Ms Sturgeon opposed Brexit, meaning the UK wouldn’t have made any fishing gains at all if she’d got her way.
Should the SNP succeed in their aim of taking Scotland back into the EU Scottish fishing waters would fall under the control of Europe’s Common Fisheries Policy once again.
In response to Ms Sturgeon’s words Paul Smith, who works for the Scottish Tories, tweeted: “So, the First Minister is now anti-EU?”
Guido Fawkes reporter Tom Harwood posted: “Sturgeon’s fishing tweet deserves to be ratioed to oblivion.
“UK has negotiated significantly increased shares of water for 5.5 years and *total control* thereafter.
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“SNP would rather ALL control ceded to the EU.
“This is pure gaslighting. No other way to view it.”
A tweet is “ratioed” if it gets significantly more replies than likes or retweets.
This often indicates the message is unpopular and has attracted a large response from people disagreeing with it.
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Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross welcomed the deal arguing it will make Scotland’s fishing industry “far better off”.
In a statement he said: “This deal has been secured as a result of the hard work and commitment of the UK and European negotiating teams.
“Both sides recognised the importance of reaching agreement on a range of complex issues and avoiding a damaging no deal outcome.
“To have done so just in time for Christmas is great news.
“Crucially, this will protect Scottish jobs and our fishing communities will be far better off outwith the hated Common Fisheries Policy.
“It is vital that we now move on from past divisions and focus entirely on working together to fight coronavirus and rebuild Scotland’s economy.”
Parliament will vote on the new Brexit deal on December 30 when it is widely expected to be approved.
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