I don't like Phillip Hammond as a politician, but, that was not said by him, your quoting a newspaper interpretation, which might be a true interpretation of course.
He said, "We're very clear on taking control of our waters. But of course we are still open to discussing with our EU partners the appropriate arrangements for reciprocal access for our fishermen to EU waters and EU fishermen to ours. We would negotiate the basis on which such an arrangement would be fair and appropriate to us".
This is born from the fact that the UK exports approximately 650,000 tonnes of its fish, of which nearly 500,000 tonnes goes to EU countries. Unless we find someone else willing to take the additional 500,000 tonnes, then we need a fair and better deal along with a fisheries and maritime management policy that ensures a relevant quota for our fishing fleets in our own waters, we have to have ownership our own waters and our policy, which doesn't mean we can't share them if it is beneficial to do so. Unless the suggestion is to just "close shop" and not trade with the EU at all, which would be utter madness.
But I'm still pretty confident that all this is a pointless and time wasting exercise for Scotland in the longer term. I have no doubt we will be thrown into independence on nothing more than generalised anglo-phobia and the promise of getting back into Europe, and there, we will make deals on fishing rights to enable us to be accepted into Europe and the Eurozone. (You read it here first people!!!! ha ha, seriously, who the f*** really knows )
The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has come out and said he's open to bartering away fishing access to our waters in exchange for a better trade deal.
Edited by The Cutty Sark, 10 March 2018 - 11:27 AM.