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Post-Brexit Trade Policy

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 11th December 2019.

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Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

It would be a fine shopping list with great produce on it, Presiding Officer.

The Scottish Government is acutely aware of the importance of GIs for the range of Scottish products that have achieved that status. Leaving the single market and the customs union would be most damaging to Scotland’s food and drink industry. Food exports to the European Union were valued at approximately £1.1 billion in 2018. There is a new GI scheme being legislated for, but it is not guaranteed that it would be in place on day 1 should the UK leave the EU, which we still hope will not happen. It is vital that GIs are recognised and that European GIs continue to be a key part of the system.