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Scots slam import customs postponement

[ September 22, 2021   //   ]

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands Mairi Gougeon has written to Lord Frost expressing concern at the decision to delay introduction of full Customs controls for imports from the EU.

She highlighted the UK Government’s lack of consultation with the devolved nations, giving Scottish Ministers no involvement in something that has material impact on Scotland and its food and drink industry.

Ms Gougeon said the UK Government’s approach to EU exit had resulted in problems across Scotland’s economy and, in particular, for food and drink and rural businesses and called for meaningful engagement on the introduction of customs and controls.

She also warned that Scottish Ministers may use devolved powers to protect the interests of Scottish agriculture, food and people.

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