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Councillors concerned over impact of Brexit

By David G Scott

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The impact of Brexit on Highland businesses was discussed at a council meeting today (January 7) and the complexity of the situation recognised in light of issues brought about through the Covid crisis.

Councillors expressed concerns around the overall impact on Highland businesses having to deal with the new import and export requirements as well as the additional requirements around Export Health Certificates.

Brexit red tape
Brexit red tape

The discussions followed members receiving a detailed briefing on key Brexit issues.

Councillor Jimmy Gray, chair of the Brexit Working Group said: “Now the transition period is over there is an impact on freight and supply chains and if you add the risks of Covid-19 and winter weather into the equation you can easily see the detrimental impacts this could have with local business and our wider communities. Our priority remains to make sure our business community gets all the backing it needs.”

There was cross party support for the council to seek clarification from the Westminster Government as to what support can be expected to assist in mitigating extra costs arising through Brexit.

Councillor Gray also took the opportunity to signpost that guidance to assist businesses with issues arising from EU Exit are available.

Further details are available by visiting www.prepareforbrexit.scot/ and www.gov.uk/transition

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