Post-Brexit trade tariffs are ‘double-edged sword for farmers’

Brexit will present opportunities for Scotland’s agriculture sector but export markets must be safeguarded, says an MSP.

Scottish shadow cabinet secretary for rural economy Peter Chapman, who is also an Aberdeenshire farmer, said trade tariffs were a double-edged sword for Scots farmers.

On the one hand they would be welcomed by Scottish beef producers as they might encourage more home-produced beef to be sold replacing imports which make up 35% of the beef market.

On the other hand tariffs could hamper the sheep sector, which is reliant on export trade to Europe and farther afield.

Source: Press & Journal

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