From SNP Media:
The SNP has branded the UK government’s efforts to fix the catastrophic hard Brexit issues crippling Scotland’s vital seafood industry as “risible and woefully inadequate”.
The final report of the UK Government’s Scottish Seafood Exports Taskforce was published yesterday on the progress made to mitigate the calamitous effects on Scottish seafood exports caused by the UK Government’s hard Brexit.
Commenting on the report, SNP MSP for Banff and Buchan Karen Adam said: “After just six months and only eight meetings, the Westminster government’s taskforce has submitted its final report so you might expect that the numerous problems faced by our vital seafood industry have been resolved. Spoiler alert – they have most certainly not and the job is not even half done.
“So many of the catastrophic effects of this Tory hard Brexit continue, such as the chronic shortage of vital workers from Europe who can no longer work here because of the ending of freedom of movement.
“It would be churlish not to recognise that the taskforce has made some progress to improve export paperwork. But the sum of these changes are risible and woefully inadequate for many seafood businesses caught up in masses of red tape and new trade barriers created by Brexit.
“Businesses are still facing many challenges to exporting, with further changes expected. Make no mistake, this disastrous situation is wholly the creation of Boris Johnson’s hard Brexit government, aided and abetted by their Scottish Tory yes men.
“For the Scottish Tories to start to wind up the taskforce now, when so many crucial issues remain outstanding, is nothing short of negligent. The SNP has called on the Tories to extend this taskforce until a satisfactory outcome is achieved. So far our requests have fallen on deaf ears.
“For the future of Scotland’s coastal communities, the Tories must rethink their abrogation of responsibility. Important Scottish businesses and the livelihoods of many people remain at risk. This is a mess of the Tories’ making – it’s up to them to fix it.”
Notes – The UK government final report can be found here: