Plans for a new £30m border control post near the ferry ports of Cairnryan have been revealed. A Scottish Government contract published online says the 'inland border facility' will be necessary to carry out sanitary, phytosanitary and customs checks on some goods entering from Northern Ireland. This would include certain animal and plant products, as well as live animals and commercial vehicles.
THE SNP have rubbished claims by Scottish Secretary Alister Jack that the UK’s trade deal with Australia will be a “huge opportunity” for Scotland’s food and drink industry. Their criticism came as farmers and crofters today co-signed a letter to Boris Johnson, warning that the proposed agreement threatens their future.
'Collateral damage': Scottish farming industry leaders sign letter sharing Australia trade deal concerns
Scottish farming leaders have co-signed a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson setting out their concerns about a proposed trade deal between the UK and Australia. It comes after Scottish Secretary Alister Jack revealed discussions are “very close” to completion on a deal. Major contributors to Scotland’s farming industry, including Scottish Land and Estates and the Scottish Butchers Federation, have co-signed the letter from SNP MSP Jim Fairlie.
The UK’s trade deal with Australia is close to completion, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack has revealed. It comes after MSPs at Holyrood debated the potential tariff-free trade deal which they claim will set a “damaging precedent” for future deals. Mr Jack said he has been involved in discussions around the post-Brexit trade deal, which he said are nearing completion.
The UK’s trade deal with Australia will be a “huge opportunity” for the food and drink industry in Scotland, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack has said. It comes after a number of organisations in the sector signed a joint letter expressing concern about the negotiations, claiming they have been rushed and could set a bad precedent.
An Ayrshire nurse has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Professor Fiona McQueen, from Ayr, is among a raft of figures in the medical profession to be awarded for her services to the NHS in Scotland. Fiona’s nursing career began in 1982.
The G7 is a “crucial milestone” on the road to delivering COP26 in Glasgow, Alister Jack has claimed. The Scottish Secretary claimed the event showed the UK’s role as a “leading global player” and the summit in Cornwall would help drive jobs and attention to Scotland.
Comments come in response to industry body's calls for action to improve Scotland's economy during the next decade The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) has recommended the creation of a new body to help boost business productivity in Scotland. The non-governmental membership organisation launched its 2030 Blueprint, to be used as a guide used by the government to help make Scotland a “global hub for purposeful business” during the next 10 years.
FOREIGN investment in Scotland went up last year – bucking the trend for the UK and Europe. The Scottish Government has hailed the findings in the latest EY 2021 Scotland Attractiveness Survey, which confirms Scotland continues to be the most attractive location for inward investment in the UK outside London.
This was the week in which Boris Johnson married, the nation sighed as international travel restrictions were re-imposed and scientists raised fears about the “Nepal variant” of Covid-19. Here’s a look at the top 10 political must-reads from the last week: 1. Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson had a “frank discussion” : The pair discussed the UK’s coronavirus recovery at a virtual four-nations summit today.
Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson had a “frank discussion” about the UK’s coronavirus recovery at a virtual four-nations summit today. The first minister used the meeting to push for an extension to the furlough scheme beyond its current September expiry date and argued for extra investment in public services.
Two Scottish Parliament Bills stoking tensions with Downing Street over the extent of Holyrood powers are now set to be heard by the UK’s highest judicial authority in late June 2021. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill and the European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill, passed by Holyrood in March 2021, were referred to the UK Supreme Court in April as UK Government officials raised concerns that the legislation could infringe on the legislative powers and sovereignty of Westminster.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been used by the Royal Navy at sea for the first time - testing against supersonic missile threats. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the trial is part of Nato's Exercise Formidable Shield, which is currently taking place off the coast of Scotland until June 3.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been used by the at sea for the first time – testing against supersonic missile threats. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the trial is part of Nato’s Exercise Formidable Shield, which is currently taking place off the coast of Scotland until June 3.