Nice headline on Shetnews.
"Shetland lamb and wool exports will probably benefit from new Japan trade deal once out of the EU."
The farming industry was understandably concerned about this issue, but this deal would be Scotland wide.
Couple this with huge benefits to Shetland's fishing industry, and perhaps some remoaners might think again.
Just think, Burra fishermen might again be able to tow their nets in fishing grounds that their forefathers fished. With the present system they are forced from their historic fishing grounds by Spanish and French boats using hundreds of miles of gill nets and long lines.
I wonder what the bycatch is with the gill nets?
Let us remember that 93% of UK fishermen voted to get out of the EU, and for very good reason. Remember also that this wasn't just Scottish boats, this was 93% of the whole of the UK. This represented the cost of joining the EU and the fact that it had destroyed fishing communities nationwide for the benefit of foreign vessels, some of whom had already destroyed their own fishing grounds.
UK vessels were decommissioned and burnt wholesale, while Spain received millions from the EU to exploit UK waters.
This was the deal organised by Ted Heath and the Tory party with the connivance of Harold Wilson and the labour party. If the Tories took us into this disastrous fisheries deal, then surely they should feel duty bound to take us out of it.
I keep hearing that the fishing industry represents only a small part of the UK economy, so offering it up for sacrifice is no big deal.
Why then, is it such a major sticking point in any EU deal? Why is it considered of such major importance to the big players in Europe. After all, they certainly don't seem to think it is of minor importance.