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Sector welcomes Reynolds’ commitment to growing Scottish salmon exports

Sector welcomes Reynolds’ commitment to growing Scottish salmon exports

Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds has committed the Labour government to exploring opportunities to increase Scottish salmon exports to the EU.

The trade body for the sector, Salmon Scotland, welcomed the announcement made on Sky News (yesterday) on Sunday morning.

Reynolds said: “If we can sell more #whisky, more #salmon, to a market which is so significant to us, of course we should explore an opportunity like that – and I think moving forward to… a relationship to Europe that is not determined by the internal politics of the Conservative Party is very much in the national interest in the UK.”

In its election manifesto, Salmon Scotland called for a “serious, pragmatic approach to the UK’s relationship with the EU, with a clear focus on the nation’s export businesses which depend on a positive, professional relationship with France and the other countries of the EU”.

Tavish Scott, chief executive of Salmon Scotland, said:
“As the UK’s largest food export, there is huge potential to grow Scotland’s economy by resetting the relationship with the EU and focusing on exports of world-renowned produce like Scottish salmon.
“I’m absolutely delighted that Jonathan Reynolds has immediately recognised how important this is, sending a clear signal that the new government is committed to our sector and the growth of Scottish salmon.
“We look forward to working with the new government to promote Scotland on the global stage.”