The Scottish National Party (SNP) says that Scottish protected food names are “under threat” from Brexit.
Scottish government has urged the UK government to consider a UK GI system to protect the country’s protected produce post-Brexit.
The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Fergus Ewing, has stressed that ensuring food names are protected following Brexit is “vital”.
Ewing said: “We have been pressing UK government to agree a need for a UK GI System post-Brexit from the outset and, while we welcome confirmation in their White Paper of the plans to do so, there remains a question over maintaining the existing protection currently enjoyed by our producers within the EU through the mutual recognition of our protected products.
“It is extremely alarming that the EU says this has not yet been resolved and that the failure of the UK government to reach agreement on this issue is being cited as one of the obstacles to reaching an overall withdrawal agreement.”
Ewing went on to say that a ‘no deal’ Brexit would be “catastrophic” for the Scottish farming industry.