Wednesday, 13 March 2019 23:29



The SNP has warned that Scottish consumers face rising prices while our producers face huge uncertainty as a result of no-deal Brexit tariff proposals published by the UK Government today.

Under plans published today, in a document almost 1,500 pages long, the UK government plans to implement tariffs of between 10-22% on vehicles and tariffs on yellowfin tuna at 24%.

The party’s International Trade spokesperson, Stewart Hosie MP, raised concerns about the upheaval for business and households in the Commons today, outlining that the threat of no-deal would see 56.4% of UK imports and 65.1% of imports that are currently tariff-free lost overnight.

SNP International Trade spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP said:

“Many of our imports and exports currently enjoy tariff-free trade. In the event of no-deal, almost all of this free trade would be lost overnight, opening the way to rising prices on many goods for consumers.

“It would also be a devastating blow to Scottish producers, including our world-class food and drink sector which faces the prospect of new barriers to exports.

“Brexit has, and continues to drive, massive economic uncertainty. The publication of today’s tariff schedule demonstrates clearly that economic upheaval and costs to individual business, entire sectors and households shows no sign of ending.”

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