Thursday 14 January 2021 12:15 pm

Post-Brexit delays are 'teething problems', says minister

Environmental secretary George Eustice told the House of Commons earlier today that post-Brexit customs delays, currently heavily impacting Scottish fishing exports, are only “teething problems”.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called the backlog “shameful” on Twitter last night, in a push for compensation for Scottish fishermen.

Eustice said that the government will ‘remain open’ to compensation but will focus on fixing the “teething” problems first.

Read more: Scotland’s fishermen halt EU exports amidst post-Brexit ‘catastrophe’

Customs delays have caused a “catastrophe” in Scotland’s seafood sector, Sturgeon said.

The post-Brexit backlog has seen Scottish fish rejected by European importers since 1 January.

Eustice said: “When people get used to using the paperwork goods will flow. “They are only teething problems.”

Read more: For cod’s hake: Last minute fishing hitch delays Brexit announcement; deal could still be hours away

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