Representatives of Scotland’s seafood sector met Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and senior officials in London today (Thurs) to discuss planning for a potential no-deal Brexit.
After the meeting, Jimmy Buchan, for the Scottish Seafood Association, said: “Seafood is perishable so it is imperative that no extra barriers are placed in the way of its access to market. We are now hopeful Mr Gove will work with his colleagues across the UK government to make sure access remains as swift and as easy in the future as it is now.”
Hamish Macdonell, for the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, said: “Scottish seafood rightly enjoys an enviable reputation for quality and availability in European markets. As representatives of all seafood sectors, farmed and caught, we made it clear to the UK government that we are determined to ensure this continues, even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
“We held a constructive meeting with Mr Gove and his senior officials and while we appreciate the preparatory work that has been already been undertaken, we believe more has to be done to protect seafood exports to the continent if no Brexit deal is agreed.”
Attending the meeting for the Scottish seafood sector were: Hamish Macdonell, Director of Strategic Engagement, Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, Jimmy Buchan, Scottish Seafood Association, Billy McKenzie, Fishing Vessel Owners and Agents Association, and David Duguid, MP for Banff and Buchan.
Issues discussed included: certification, potential transport holdups and compensation for extra tariff barriers placed on UK exports to the EU.
Farmed Scottish salmon remains the UK’s number one food export with France being the biggest importers followed by the U.S.A and China.