Scottish salmon producers say May’s Brexit plans pose “serious questions”

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Producers of Scottish salmon, Britain’s biggest food export, are seeking reassurance that the Brexit deal will not link fishing in British waters by European Union boats with the supply of all British seafood products to EU markets.

Julie Hesketh-Laird, chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, said “serious questions” were raised by Britain’s draft agreement with Brussels to exit the European Union published last week, and for which Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to get political backing at home.

British salmon is a 1-billion-pound industry and all of it is farmed in Scotland. It is not subject to the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy which sets quotas for access for caught white fish at sea. But the draft opens the potential for this to change, Hesketh-Laird said on Friday.

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