NFFO will provide Referendum Platform

9th March 2016 in Europe / Common Fisheries Policy

The NFFO will not take a formal position on the forthcoming referendum on membership of the EU. It will however, invite protagonists from both camps to outline their prospectus for the UK’s fisheries, in or out of the EU. A recent meeting of the NFFO’s Executive Committee, took the view that the role of the Federation is to influence government, whether the UK is inside or outside the EU. It is not to seek to influence the outcome of a democratic process in which all its members have a vote.

NFFO will provide Referendum Platform

However, the Executive felt that the NFFO could provide a valuable platform on the referendum that could inform our members’ decision on 23rd June. Politicians like George Eustace will be invited to contribute a blog on the Federation’s website, on what the fisheries regime would look like outside the EU. Similarly, prominent figures in the Stay camp will be asked to write on the future of our fisheries within the EU and CFP.

NFFO Chairman, Tony Delahunty, commented: “This is an important issue for the fishing industry and our Executive gave a great deal of consideration to weighing the options. The day after the referendum, the NFFO will have a job to do, either in the negotiation of new bilateral fisheries agreements, or to defend the industry within the CFP. The choice will lie with the electorate but we will deal with the consequences either way. It’s important that that vote is taken in as full knowledge as possible of the consequences and inviting the parties to describe the pros and cons to the fishing industry is probably the best way to achieve this.”