May committed to not giving up Britain’s fishing waters as a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations
At a rally in Edinburgh the Prime Minister warned that Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP are preparing to surrender Scotland’s fishing waters around the British coastline to re-enter the EU if they get independence.
But in a passionate speech Mrs May set her face against a second independence referendum saying “Britons are one people” and appeared to suggest she will use her veto over another vote indefinitely.
After claims by both the SNP and Ukip that the Tories are set to “betray” Britain’s fishing industry over Brexit, Mrs May made it clear that she has no intention of allowing the hated Common Fisheries Policy to operate again after Brexit.
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The Conservatives are targeting coastal seats in Scotland including Alex Salmond’s former seat of Banff and Buchan and SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson’s Moray seat, both major fishing centres.
Leaving the EU will also enable us to build a better future for our fishermen
Mrs May scotched claims that fishing rights will be negotiated away.
She said: “Leaving the EU will also enable us to build a better future for our fishermen. Leaving the European Union means leaving the Common Fisheries Policy.
“After Brexit, we will be responsible for the access and management of the waters where we have historically exercised sovereign control.”
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But warning of the Ms Sturgeon’s plans to betray the Scottish fishing industry if they win independence, Mrs May said: “During this campaign, the Nationalists have confirmed that their policy is to take an independent Scotland straight back into full membership of the EU, and straight back into the grip of the Common Fisheries Policy.
“So my clear message to voters in Scotland’s coastal communities is this – a vote for me is a vote for a better future for fishing. A vote for the SNP is a vote for the Common Fisheries Policy.”
The Prime Minister also pledged to deliver for the whole of the United Kingdom if voted into power on June 8.
With recent elections showing Scots coming back to the Conservatives, she told voters: "Come with me as I lead Britain.
"Strengthen my hand as I fight to strengthen our Union."
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Demonstrations take place before the arrival of Prime Minister Theresa May as she launches the Conservative Party Election Manifesto on May 18, 2017 in Halifax
Mrs May scotched claims that fishing rights will be negotiated away
The PM was speaking after her party's Scottish leader, Ruth Davidson, made a direct pitch to Labour voters disillusioned under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.
"Let me do a job for you," Ms Davidson asked them.
The Prime Minister told Scots it is time to leave behind the "old tribal politics".
She urged people not to think about who they voted for in the past, calling on them to instead consider "who you want to lead our country in the future, who will get the best deal for the whole of the UK from Brexit".
She added: "It is time to come together in the national interest, united in our desire to make a success of Brexit."