Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has said that coastal communities in his region are feeling betrayed after SNP MPs voted to block legislation that will replace the Common Fisheries Policy.
The Scottish Conservative MSP said: “Fishing communities the length of the Highlands and Islands are yearning for the day when the UK becomes an independent coastal state once more.
“They are horrified that SNP politicians at Westminster have betrayed them by voting against the Fisheries Bill which will give us back control over our fishing waters.
“European management of our fisheries has been a disaster for the Scottish industry which is why the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation urged all Scottish MPs to vote for the bill.
“Frankly, the SNP have betrayed our fishing communities.”
Councillor Alastair Redman, Policy Lead for Economic Growth, said: "The SNP will not be forgiven for betraying Scotland’s fishermen.
"The UK is ready to become an independent coastal state, but the separatists are desperate to sell out our fishermen and take us back into the hated Common Fisheries Policy.
"This would be a slap in the face to Scotland’s fishing industry. We Scottish Conservatives will back Scotland’s fishing communities all the way."