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Scottish Parliament hears about the implications of Brexit

The Scottish Parliament European and External Relations Committee heard from a range of Scottish industry bodies on Thursday morning on the implications of Brexit.  The overwhelming message was around the need for certainty.  The farming sector called for certainty in terms of confirmed support payments to at least the end of the current CAP period which runs to the end of 2020.  In terms of the wider food and drink sector, it was highlighted that 30% of the food and drink industry in Scotland is reliant on workers, currently in the country, but who originate from eastern Europe.  It is vital that the industry knows what their status will be going forward.  The whisky industry also flagged up the need for trade agreement negotiations to get underway so that some certainty might be brought to bear on the export environment they will be trading in in future.  The session can be seen in full by going to the Scottish Parliament TV archive.

 

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