Published: 04/04/2018 10:34 - Updated: 04/04/2018 10:47

David Mundell warns against barriers between Scotland and rest of UK

David MundellDAVID Mundell has warned on the day of his visit to Moray about the dangers of creating internal barriers to business within the UK.

The Scottish Secretary stated that retaining a common approach on such issues as food labelling is vital, regardless of what happens in the EU.

Mr Mundell, who is set to visit both Walkers and the Aberlour distillery, said: "Protecting and promoting iconic Scottish food and drink businesses is absolutely vital to the UK Government.

"It is important that we do nothing that creates any new barriers to the UK’s internal market – which is worth four times that of Scotland’s trade with the EU.

"Without Scotland’s two governments agreeing on common frameworks we could end up with different labelling requirements across the UK.

"This could mean a jam producer in Dundee would be unable to sell their products to cafes in Doncaster without complying with two separate sets of requirements, increasing production costs, which is clearly detrimental to businesses.

"That’s why common frameworks in areas such as food labelling are the sensible approach.

"Scotland’s food and drink is famous across the world, as well as enjoyed all over the UK, so I am looking forward to meeting some of the men and women behind prestigious brands like Aberlour whisky and Walkers Shortbread, and hearing about their experiences in international markets."

Mr Mundell will host representatives from the Scottish Salmon Producer’s Organisation, Scottish Retail Consortium and the Scotch Whisky Association, amongst others.

The "roundtable" meeting will discuss the opportunities and challenges that Scotland’s food and drink industry faces as the UK leaves the EU.

Mr Mundell will also hold discussions tomorrow with Moray Council on a potential growth deal for the region.

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