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Friday, April 19, 2024

UK Government Confirms Delay to Post Brexit Import Checks

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Independence the only route to escape the damage of Tory Brexit

Responding to the UK government’s confirmation that it intends to delay once again post-Brexit food and farming import checks, the SNP’s Environment, Food, Rural Affairs spokesperson Deidre Brock MP said:

“Once again, Scotland’s vital food and farming sector finds itself paying a heavy price for the Tories’ extreme Brexit plans.

“The UK government should be strengthening support and bringing forward meaningful Brexit compensation for hard-hit sectors, not creating further Brexit chaos by lengthening the unlevel playing field for our exporters and risking our biosecurity, health and hygiene reputation for future trade.

“Covid has undoubtedly increased challenges but it was the Tory government’s reckless decision to impose Brexit in the middle of a pandemic that has piled on the hardship and pushed many businesses to the brink.

“There are already supply chain problems and shortages facing the UK.

“This last-minute delay in import checks highlights that the Tory government has no real solution to the Brexit issues it has created, instead it is just kicking the can down the road once more.

“And yet again the Westminster Tory government has side-lined the devolved governments – with the decision being announced without any input from the devolved governments.

“Scotland is vulnerable under Westminster control.

“It’s clear that the only way to properly protect our interests and escape the long-term damage of Brexit is to become an independent country.”

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