Tony Miklinski insisted the Conservative Party will give preference to UK fishermen, particularly Scottish fishermen, once Britain is an independent nation-state from the European Union. Mr Miklinski also claimed there is a deal to be struck between Britain and the EU.
Mr Miklinski said: “As the Conservative Party promised when we take back control of the North Sea as a nation-state independent from the EU then we will obviously be in a position to negotiate so that fishing doesn’t take place in our waters.
“We will give preference to UK fishermen, Scottish in particular.
“I have no doubt that a deal could be struck to have access to their markets, to the European markets for our fish products that are so popular in the UK.
“Issues of this nature are best settled through negotiation that is good for both parties.
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“Self-interest never lies and if it is in the European interest to sell us their cars and receive our fish products then there is a deal to be struck and it is a matter of getting that done.”
The UK left the European Union at the end of January this year, just months after Boris Johnson won a general election pledging to “get Brexit done”.
Brexit Britain is now in a transition period with the Brussels bloc – which comes to an end at the end of the year.
But, discussions are yet to break the deadlock, and differences still remain over the fishing industry.
Earlier this week the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said “serious divergences remain” after the four days of talks, although the EU believed an agreement was still possible.
The UK is determined to exit the controversial Common Fisheries Policy, which sees the distribution of fish based on EU quotas – often branded unfair by the British.
Mr Johnson has repeatedly said the UK will become an independent coastal state after the transition period.
The Brussels bloc wants continued access to British waters for member states.
But the UK wants to hold annual talks with the bloc over access to its waters, as it currently does with nations such as Norway.
During the same interview, with Mr Miklinski, the Scottish Conservative politician warned Ms Sturgeon that some members of the SNP are growing tired of following her patient approach to Scottish independence.
He said: “I am not part of the SNP so I can’t speak from within but I do listen and see the signs.
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“There are people who are not inclined to follow her patient route.
“There are factions in the SNP that have different agendas.
“So while without doubt she is the most able politician in the SNP ranks, I don’t think her power base is secure because people are getting impatient.
“They have been promised so many times that they would get independence and it was just around the corner and they have been disappointed so many times.
“They have been promised the impossible.”