Christine Jardine MP and the MPs of the Scottish Affairs committee yesterday (10.09.18) heard that a no deal Brexit could be “game over” for Scottish beef and lamb exports to Europe.
The Committee meeting in Glasgow took evidence from representatives of the Agriculture and Food industries at their meeting in Glasgow.
Evidence was given by representatives of NFU Scotland, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, the Food and Drink Federation Scotland and Scotland Food & Drink.
Ms Jardine asked the experts to quantify what a no deal Brexit would mean for the food and drink industry.
James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink advised that in his view, World Trade Organization tariffs would be “game over” for Scottish beef and Lamb. Jonnie Hall, Director of Policy and Member Services at NFU Scotland added that beef and lamb are the backbone of Scottish agriculture.
Ms Jardine said: “The evidence the committee was presented this morning was bleak. There is great concern from food producers that a no deal Brexit will be catastrophic for their businesses.
“Nobody voted to be poorer or to threaten the Scottish Agriculture sector, which we are rightly proud of.
“We demand better for Britain and Scottish agriculture.
Evidence was given to the committee by:
Jonnie Hall, Director of Policy and Member Services, NFU Scotland
Sarah Baker, Strategic Insight Manager, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Cat Hay, Policy Manager, Food and Drink Federation Scotland
James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink
Full committee meeting can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8zTQ679VS0