Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 23rd December 2020.

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I agree with James Withers, who has also been making some important points this week about the difficulties around the short straits, and I very much support him.

The Andersons Centre’s report is thoughtful. It sets out the challenges and risks that are faced by the agriculture sector and it points out that a no-deal Brexit would be hugely damaging and that there would be substantial and lasting impacts to overall Scottish agricultural output. The risks and potential impacts of a no-deal Brexit beyond the end of the transition period are well documented and are well backed up by the report, but I would contend that a low deal would also be damaging.