In an important intervention Scotland’s food industry and suppliers wrote today to Liz Truss warning of the dangers to jobs, exports and Scotland’s high food quality and welfare standards if a trade deal was hurriedly agreed with Australia. Any hurried deal would then stand as a template for other deals with the US, Canada and New Zealand.
We publish the text of the letter below. The present UK government is not noted for thinking things through so it is important that so many sections of Scotland’s food sector have come together to make clear their concerns. They also have a low level of trust in the process and demand “a more rigorous and meaningful process of engagement and consultation with the industry”