Since day one – almost four-and-a-half years ago – NFU Scotland has been crystal clear that we need a deal that secures a long-term economic relationship with the EU that ensures as free and frictionless trade as possible. However, according to Mr Hall, the stark reality is that a No Deal would be a disaster for British and Scottish agriculture, and consumers.
Writes NFU Scotland’s Director of Policy Jonnie Hall in his latest blog.
A No Deal is expected to cost the UK agri-food sector some £1.36 billion in new levies on exports and would see tariffs as high as 85 per cent imposed on beef, 62 per cent on lamb and 51 per cent on malt and barley, pricing such flagship Scottish products out of its most important market beyond the UK.
And he warns that an alternative Low Deal, albeit significantly better than a No Deal, would nevertheless also cause difficulties for British agriculture because it would mean a mountain of new paperwork covering sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) checks on animal and plant products.
With no certainty on the future trading relationship with our closest trading partner, UK and Scottish agriculture finds itself on a cliff-edge.
You can read the full blog on the NFU Scotland website.