Boris Johnson’s shoddy Brexit deal has meant “no gain and a world of pain” for Scotland’s exporters, according to industry experts responding to a new report which warns that UK businesses have been put at a “competitive disadvantage” after Brexit.
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee report concludes that the new trade barriers facing small seafood and meat export businesses could render them unviable, and factories and jobs may relocate to the EU.
James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, claims that Scottish exporters are currently facing a “raft of trade barriers for no gain and a world of pain” due to UK government inaction.
He added that doing business with European partners has become “costly, complex, slower and high risk” and described the “disillusionment” of many food exporters in Scotland.
SNP candidate for Argyll & Bute, Jenni Minto, said:
“The Tories have shown time and again that they cannot be trusted to stand up for Scotland – which is why it is vital that the people of Scotland give both votes to the SNP for the strong leadership needed to kick-start our recovery and secure a strong future for our industry.
“Boris Johnson’s extreme Brexit and long list of broken promises have been a disaster for Scotland – inflicting long-term damage to our economy and all against the will of the overwhelming majority of people who live here.
“It’s clear that leaving Scotland’s future in the hands of a band of Brexiteers would leave Scottish businesses paying a heavy price.
“Only giving both votes to the SNP at this election will put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands – not Boris Johnson’s.”