Tuesday, 13 August 2019 15:05


SNP MEP Alyn Smith has called on the UK Government to prioritise the protection for geographically special produce, and provide assurances over the impact of a no-deal Brexit, on a visit to Shetland today (Tuesday).  

Mr Smith warned that a no-deal Brexit being pushed through by new PM Boris Johnson could leave traditional Shetland produce, like seafood and farmed salmon, exposed to cheaper imports from countries elsewhere.
The Scottish Government has called on the UK government to ensure that protected goods keep their status post-Brexit, and provide assurances that a no-deal Brexit will harm Scotland’s industry.
Mr Smith, who has been representing Scotland’s interests in Europe as an MEP for 15 years, is on the campaign trail with SNP candidate Tom Wills in Shetland.
The duo will visit Jamieson and Smith Shetland Wool Brokers this afternoon.

Commenting from Lerwick, Alyn Smith MEP said:
“The lack of clarity coming from the Tory government, who seem to view Scotland and as an afterthought, will be a real cause for concern for Shetlanders.
“Scottish exports are at an all-time high – with world-renowned goods like Shetland wool and Scottish salmon being consumed across the globe at record levels.
“However, a No Deal Brexit would be catastrophic for the industry, local crofters and Shetland’s economy as a whole.
“While the UK government continues to treat our excellent Scottish produce as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations, SNP politicians will work to keep those protections, so that cheap imports don’t flood the market.
“Certainty, security and stability for the agriculture sector in Shetland will only come from voting for the Tom and the SNP at the up-coming by-election.”

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