Scottish exporters face losing preferential access to Norwegian and Icelandic markets if the UK’s transition agreement with the EU is not extended beyond December.
Rural Economy Minister Fergus Ewing (pictured) is warning that if no trade deal is agreed with Norway and Iceland by the end of the year, tariffs of up to 52 per cent could be imposed on fish feed, putting millions of pounds of trade at risk.
Tariffs could also be applied to vegetables, fruit, cereals, beverages and animal feed.
In a letter to UK Environment Secretary George Eustice, Mr Ewing states:
“It is clear that the most appropriate action is to seek an extension to the EU negotiations to allow governments to fully focus on protecting the health of their citizens.
“If the UK Government insists on continuing to prioritise a self-imposed deadline for negotiations over a public health crisis, then it must take appropriate action to ensure that there is no loss of market access to countries such as Norway and Iceland as a matter of urgency.”