Gordon MP and SNP Spokesperson on International Trade Richard Thomson has welcomed the agreement reached between the UK and the EU which will see Scottish seed potato exporters once again able to get their product into their historic Northern Ireland market.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made the announcement in the House of Commons on Monday night that agreement had been reached with the EU in the form of the ‘Windsor Framework’.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“In terms of what this agreement means for farmers, it’s welcome progress to restoring Scottish seed potatoes – renowned the world over for their high quality – to their rightful export markets.
“While it is undoubtedly good news for exporters that they will once again be able to get their product into Northern Ireland, no-one should be in any doubt that this is just a first step along the road to where Scotland needs to be, and that is to have our export markets in the EU fully restored.
“It is beyond disgraceful that businesses in my constituency and across Scotland have had to endure the disruption of not even being able to get seed potatoes into another part of the UK, such was the incompetence of this UK Conservative and Unionist government in its delivery of Brexit, something it should not be forgotten that neither Scotland nor Northern Ireland voted for in the first place.”