Paul Lines, chairman of Lowestoft Fish Market Alliance, told Express.co.uk that the Scottish fishing industry would be an abject failure if Scotland left the UK and joined the European Union as Nicola Sturgeon desires. Mr Lines added that Scotland is part of Great Britain and should follow the UK Government led by Boris Johnson.
Mr Lines said: “Scotland has got a devolved Government and they have their own Government, but I can assure you that Scotland in Europe would be an absolute abject failure.
“Because all the weight and energy that we have pushed away from us to regain our waters they will then draw to themselves.
“That will just be a bigger demise for them.”
He added: “Europe do not want them, they have told them they do not want them.
“As far as I can see she is part of Great Britain, we have got a Government in Great Britain and that is called Boris Johnson’s Government, he speaks for the union, she does not.
“She keeps coming out with stupid things of what she would like, they are wish lists.
“She has got no power, no control, she has got nothing.”
Last month a Scottish Conservative councillor claimed the Conservative Party will deliver on its pledge to take back control of the North Sea from the European Union and give “preference” to British fishermen.
“We will give preference to UK fishermen, Scottish in particular.
“I have no doubt that a deal could be struck to have access to their markets, to the European markets for our fish products that are so popular in the UK.
“Issues of this nature are best settled through negotiation that is good for both parties.
“Self-interest never lies and if it is in the European interest to sell us their cars and receive our fish products then there is a deal to be struck and it is a matter of getting that done.”