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Trade body Salmon Scotland has reiterated its fears that the UK Government’s decision to unilaterally alter part of the post-Brexit deal it agreed with the European Union could hit trade to the Continent, Scottish salmon’s most important export market.
A couple of points are worth observing already. Nearly six years on from the Leave vote, the supposed opportunities of Brexit remain entirely conspicuous by their absence. And ramping up the rhetoric by claiming “immense opportunity” does not change this reality.
Scotland’s farm-raised salmon is renowned across the globe and here at home for being one of the most nutritious and sustainable products we can eat.
Salmon farmers in Scotland are calling for action to ease the burden of export paperwork following the UK’s exit from the European Union.
SOME of Scotland’s most important exports have seen costly reductions in sales to other countries, research has revealed.
“Clotted cream from Cornwall, Cornish pasties, Cumberland sausage, Welsh lamb and beef, Stilton and Cheddar cheeses - all of which the Prime Minister and Liz Truss were fond to cite - are no longer protected for our trade."
Bosses at one of Scotland’s oldest smokehouses have accused the UK Government of “gross incompetence” in a furore over post-Brexit exports of Scottish seafood.
A Scottish seafood processing firm, which supplies fish to the Queen, says it is losing business because of labour shortages blamed on Brexit.
Lance Forman, a former Brexit Party member of the European Parliament, said that the UK government should compensate the seafood industry for Brexit-related disruption.
‘It would be such a shame to lose a whole market and lose relationships with people in the UK’
One of Cork's most celebrated food producers - Frank Hederman of smoked fish fame - has spoken of his 'sadness' at having to fill what could be his last orders for UK customers due to Brexit changes.
So five years after the referendum, and six months from leaving the single market, what's the slogan from businesses most affected? Bureaucracy, delay, cost.
Food has experienced a bit of a political renaissance as a result of Brexit. Farmers, workers in the food system, retailers and everyone who eats; all have been uneasy over the real risk that Brexit would negatively impact on our food system.
In just the first few months of 2021, the UK has slashed its overseas aid budget, made clear its intent to pursue trade deals at all costs – including turning a blind eye to human rights atrocities and genocide – and announced an increase in funding to the UK’s weapons of mass destruction by 40%, signalling the start of a new arms race and ripping up 30 years of commitment to gradual disarmament.
Salmon, beef, and whisky sales from the UK to the EU plummeted in January.
The UK’s export market suffered a total fall of £750 million - a 75.5 per cent decline from the previous January, the FDF said.
Post-Brexit red tape must be urgently simplified to eliminate damaging delays in exporting Scottish salmon to the EU, according to industry leaders.
Exports of fish and meat from the UK to the EU saw a dramatic dip in January compared with the previous year, compounding the chaos following the end of the Brexit transition period.
HMRC figures reveal huge year-on-year falls in trade, with whisky, cheese and chocolate worst hit.
Salmon farmers are, like all of us, anticipating the arrival of the United Nation’s COP26 conference in Glasgow later this year and are actively engaging with the Scottish Government’s target of net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045.
New figures reveal Scottish salmon farmers have seen losses plunge by £11 million as firms incur costs of hundreds of thousands of pounds a month due to Brexit “confusion”.
Bureaucracy, paperwork, delays and confusion leaves Scottish producers counting the cost.
Tavish Scott, chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO), has again urged the UK Government to fix post-Brexit export problems which farmers say have caused reputational damage due to unreliable delivery times.
Exports of Scottish salmon fell sharply last year after being hit by the Covid pandemic, according to new figures.
Fish farming companies are being allowed to breach environmental limits and pollute lochs because of export problems caused by Brexit.