As we posted last Friday, the UK government has decided – against the interests of Scots – to implement the border controls Boris Johnson agreed to in order to finalise his ‘oven ready’ Brexit deal with the EU.
Of course, they’re not ready, even after 4 years.
The Institute of Export and International Trade has been in touch with exporters on both sides of the channel: they say
- preparedness has decreased by 23%
- 54% of food & drink businesses are anxious about the changes
- 75% of them are very anxious about the changes
A group of 30 trade and professional associations have contacted the UK Environment Secretary, Steve Barclay, to express how deeply concerned they are that the changes will “curtail imports, increase food inflation and reduce GB food security”.
Among their concerns are
- confusion about the rules governing mixed loads
- the need for 24 hours notice for every shipment
- lack of vets in numerous countries to sign off on meat products
- delays for dairy and other products causing deterioration in quality and shelf life.
The UK government estimates the costs at £330 million, but how can they know? They still haven’t even set the fees they will charge businesses! Added to which, they still haven’t said which products will fall into medium or high risk categories for shipment.
Another Brexit Bourach.
Given all of this, is it a surprise that many EU businesses are thinking of stopping exporting to the UK and Scotland altogether? Adding their extra costs to the prices they charge?
So, thanks to Brexit, Scottish shoppers will be facing a stark future. See this article for more details on this Brexit Bourach.
A reduced range of choices at increased prices.
Still see the benefits of being ‘better together’?
Scotland would be far better off as part of the European Free Trade Area along with Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland. Accession could be negotiated within months, and Scotland with her ample fishing resources, huge green energy potential, and a bank balance supported initially by North Sea Oil, would be welcomed as a strong and valued member.
Time for Scottish Independence.