The SNP has said figures showing a dramatic decrease in food and drink exports to the EU is the “grim reality” of Boris Johnson’s botched Brexit deal.
According to figures by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), sales of milk and cream to the EU are down an incredible 96% – with chicken and beef exports down by almost 80%.
Overall, export barriers created by Brexit have cost exporters more than £1.1 billion since the start of the year.
The FDF are now urging the UK government to conduct “essential” talks with the EU as a matter of urgency or face severe consequences.
Commenting, Scotland’s Trade Minister and SNP candidate for Glasgow Provan, Ivan McKee, said:
“These figures highlight the grim reality of Boris Johnson’s botched Brexit agreement and the immense damage it is having on Scotland’s economy.
“Scotland has been completely ignored throughout the whole Brexit process, and we are now paying the price of Tory incompetence with a deal that hampers every aspect of our trade.
“Our long-standing ties – cultivated with our European neighbours – have been ripped apart by a Brexit agreement that we did not vote for. Our rural areas are also crying out for help – yet the Tories remain silent.
“And let’s not forget that Scotland’s six Tory MP’s and Labour’s only MP voted in favour of this deal – this is something that the people of Scotland will not forget.
“The Tories have shown time and again that they cannot be trusted with Scotland’s food and drink sector – that is why it is vital that the people of Scotland give both their votes to the SNP in this upcoming election.
“It is only by voting SNP on 6 May that we can truly protect the sector and put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands – not Boris Johnson and his band of Brexiteers.”
Notes to Editors:
‘Sales of milk and cream to EU down 96% and chicken and beef by almost 80%’ – https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-trade-deal-eu-exports-b1837528.html