Scottish goods ‘will be hit by EU tariffs’ if Boris Johnson starts a trade war

Scottish exports of salmon, whiskey and cashmere will be hit by EU tariffs if Boris Johnson starts a trade war with the EU, an expert has warned.

It follows a decision by the European Commission to announce a series of legal challenges against the UK government after the Prime Minister threatened to unilaterally scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Catherine Barnard, professor of European law and labor law at Trinity College, Cambridge, told the Herald on Sunday: “The UK would have no choice [on non-payment of tariffs]. The tariffs are not imposed in the UK but on the goods. The EU would target Scottish salmon. Scotch whiskey would be another that would be targeted as it is highly publicized. And cashmere.

Deidre Brock, the SNP’s shadow secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, said Scotland was in this position because of the ‘Brexit obsession with Britain’ Johnson, calling Brexit “an absolute disaster for Scotland”.

She added: “[Brexit has] caused real economic damage, hitting businesses, ripping up rights and imposing significant challenges across the UK’s four countries.

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“This latest analysis from Professor Barnard delivers a stark warning that due to Westminster’s recklessness, Scotland will – yet again – be hardest hit.

“Scotland currently accounts for the largest share of UK food and drink exports, totaling £5.7 billion, much of which goes to EU member states, including £1 billion a year to France.

“Brexit will continue to hammer and threaten jobs, businesses and other national economic successes as the Tories press ahead with their irresponsible and illegal Northern Ireland Protocol Bill.

“Time and time again Scotland faces grave consequences due to Westminster’s incompetence and inaction – but we have a way out. By choosing independence, we can take full control of our exports , get rid of Boris Johnson‘s ‘British Brexit’ obsession and finally join our European neighbors in the EU.

Recent figures from the Center for European Reform showed that Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy has cost the UK economy £31billion.

A comparison showed that at the end of 2021 the UK economy was 5% smaller than it would have been had it remained in the EU.

Earlier this year, Which? found that two-thirds of Scottish respondents said they were “very” or “somewhat” worried about Brexit, with the number lower when the same question was asked of English respondents.


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Edward L. Robinett