Threat to seed potato exports

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Scotland’s world renowned seed potato industry risks losing its 13.5 per cent EU market share claims the rural affairs minister.

In a letter to Secretary of State Michael Gove, Mairi Gougeon has warned that, in a no deal Brexit, Scotland would become a third country and would  be unable to export seed potatoes to the EU.

But the ware potato and processing industry, which is of particular importance to other parts of the UK, could continue to import seed potatoes from the EU for one year following exit day.

Such an outcome would represent a significant loss to this important industry, particularly as the UK has the potential to be self-sufficient in seed potatoes.

And by allowing a one-way trading relationship that disadvantages Scottish seed potato growers, there would be little incentive to fill the internal UK market demand through the sourcing of Scottish seed potatoes.