Nicola Sturgeon admits Scotland has suffered ‘devastating loss’ due to France cargo ban

Nicola Sturgeon says France freight travel ban is ‘devastating’

The SNP leader told Scottish Parliament that Scotland’s seafood sector will need support after missing out on peak sales due to France’s ban on UK cargo. Scotland’s First Minister also announced from Boxing Day there will be a three-week-long lockdown across the country. 

Ms Sturgeon said: “What is of real and immediate concern is the impact on our food exporters especially in the Scottish seafood sector.

“This is the peak time of year for seafood exports and the Christmas export trade is now almost certainly lost.

“That is devasting for our world-class seafood businesses and they do need and will get our support.

“We are liaising with the sector regarding immediate financial support and I raised the issue of compensation at Cobra yesterday.

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“However, what the sector needs most of all is for the UK Government and France to agree on a protocol to get trade moving again without delay.

“If that does not happen immediately the sector stands to lose its New Year export trade as well.”

On Sunday, Scotland’s First Minister took to social media to call for Boris Johnson to seek an extension to the post-Brexit transition period.

Ms Sturgeon tweeted: “It’s now imperative that PM seeks an agreement to extend the Brexit transition period.

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“The new Covid strain – & the various implications of it – means we face a profoundly serious situation, & it demands our 100% attention. It would be unconscionable to compound it with Brexit.”

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