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Scottish Exports Plunge After Brexit


The SNP has said Scotland’s future must be in Scotland’s hands following a new report showing food exports to the EU fell by more than 75% in January 2021.

Products including whisky, fish and beef were among the worst affected with salmon exports down by 98% in January 2020, the report by the Food and Drink Federation found.

The drop has been attributed to new non-tariff barriers faced by UK exporters and the collapse of groupage movements as a result of Brexit.

Commenting, Kirsten Oswald MP said:

“These figures reveal the damage done to Scotland and its businesses by the Tory government’s hard Brexit – neither of which we voted for.

“While the Tory government was celebrating a Brexit deal in January, businesses big and small suffered as new regulations hammered exporters and we now know the true scale of the damage done. Exports are down by nearly 100% in some sectors.

“Boris Johnson’s hard Brexit has been a disaster for Scotland and with each day that passes, it becomes clearer that Scotland’s future should be in Scotland’s hands.

"The issue at the election in May will be this: who has the right to decide what sort of country Scotland should be after the pandemic - people in Scotland or Boris Johnson?

"With both votes SNP we can deliver a strong, fair and green recovery and put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands - not Boris Johnson’s."

Link to Snapshot of report by Food & Drink Federation -


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