Brendan O’Hara MP “Brexit Secretary “hadn’t quite understood” impact on trade”:

Brexit Secretary Dominic Rabb has made the stunning admission that he “hadn’t quite understood” the impact any barriers to trade with Europe could have on the availability of goods for UK consumers.

Speaking last night, Mr Rabb revealed, “I hadn’t quite understood the full extent of this, but if you look at the UK and look at how we trade in goods, we are particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing.”

He continued, “I think probably the average consumer might not be aware of the full extent to which the choice of goods that we have in the stores are dependent on one or two very specific trade routes.”

Commenting, Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara said:

“These stunning admissions from the Brexit Secretary exposes just how clueless the Tories are about their Brexit plans. Time is running out and it is simply not good enough.”

“The threat to Scottish trade could be catastrophic and we could very well see supermarket shelves empty, with produce stuck in lorry parks in Dover.”

“Leaving the single market will be detrimental for our exports such as seafood and I am deeply concerned about the significant risk to our smaller fishing fleets and producers here in Argyll and Bute. The potential disruption caused by Brexit could devastate our fragile fishing communities and their supply chains.”

“The UK Government must change tack and back out place in the single market before it is too late.”
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Notes to Editors

Rabb said:
“I hadn’t quite understood the full extent of this, but if you look at the U.K. and look at how we trade in goods, we are particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing. And that is one of the reasons why we have wanted to make sure we have a specific and very proximate relationship with the EU, to ensure frictionless trade at the border. I don’t think it is a question so much of the risk of major shortages, but I think probably the average consumer might not be aware of the full extent to which the choice of goods that we have in the stores are dependent on one or two very specific trade routes.”
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