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Scots will be heard ‘loud and clear’ says Brexit minister

Robin WalkerRobin Walker, Minister for Exiting the European Union claimed today that Scotland’s voice in the Brexit talks “will be heard loud and clear”.

Mr Walker (pictured) made his comment during a visit to Scotland which included the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Lochaber Chambers of Commerce and Age Scotland as well as attending round tables with key business sectors.

Mr Walker said: “It’s vitally important that we get a deal that works for all of the UK, and Scotland’s voice will be heard loud and clear as we prepare for the upcoming negotiations.

“Over the past two days I’ve spoken to people across Scotland, many with extensive experience in their sector, ensuring their views are heard as they are hugely important to us as we continue to form our negotiating strategy.”

Earlier, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke urged greater unity among the UK nations when he met Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Finance Ministers in Edinburgh today.

Mr Gauke discussed the economic outlook and the upcoming UK government Budget.

He also hosted a round table of Fife-based businesses in Dunfermline where the discussion focused on the region’s involvement in two City Deals – the Edinburgh region and Tay Cities.

David GaukeMr Gauke (right) said: “The UK government and devolved administrations must continue to work together to maximise opportunities to boost the UK economy and support businesses across the country.

“I was pleased therefore to meet my ministerial counterparts today to look ahead to the Budget and discuss our economic priorities.”

Mr Gauke visited the Edinburgh Gin distillery. Some 70% of the gin consumed in the UK is made in Scotland, while the UK is the world’s largest gin exporter, with more than 200 million bottles being sent to overseas markets each year.

He also met with the Scotch Whisky Association to discuss how the UK government can continue to support the whisky industry in the UK and in export markets. The SWA has called for a 2% cut in excise duty.

Business roundtable attendees:

Peter Southcott, Director, Corgi Homeplan Ltd

Alan Mitchell, Chief Executive, Fife Chamber of Commerce

Jim Donnelly, Branch Manager, Handelsbanken Dunfermline

Carol Grant, Customer Service Manager, Reel Service Ltd

David Marriott, Finance Director, Smith Anderson Group

Derek Watson, Quaestor and Factor, University of St Andrews

Andrew Croxford, Partner, Thomson Cooper Accountants

Paul Miller, Founder and Owner, Eden Mill Distillery & Brewery

 

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