The reality of the situation for Scottish exporters post-Brexit is clear in this tweet:
BBC Reporting Scotland, formerly obsessed with trips to Peterhead to interview angry fishermen, gave us a few seconds late in the show, including a defence by Michael Gove. The BBC Scotland website offers us a classic piece of evasion and deflection to protect the UK Government from criticism.
I’ve highlighted key words, phrases and omissions:
The Scottish Seafood Association says exports to the EU are being hit by “red tape” delays in Scotland and France. It claims up to 25 trucks were backlogged for clearance due to computer problems in Boulogne on Tuesday. Delays have also affected distribution at three depots in Lanarkshire. The UK government said it was aware of “a small number of issues…due to some information not being entered correctly into UK and French systems”. The Scottish Seafood Association has warned the [UK Government] problem is likely to get worse in the coming days as the pace of trade increases. Delays in Scotland are due to the time it takes to get an Export Health Certificate [from the UK Department] for both wild-caught fish and farmed salmon.
So, blame the French. Blame human error. Hide the presence of the UK Government and deflect with references to England suffering too.
Further down, we read from Jimmy Buchan chief executive of the Scottish Seafood Association:
Ministers of both the UK and Scottish governments need to get on top of the situation and resolve these issues as soon as possible.
Blame the SNP for the faults of the Tories?