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4 April 2018

Mundell Power Grab Tour Failing to Answer Key Questions

David Mundell faces tough questions over the threat to Scottish farming as he starts a tour promoting the Tory power grab.

Earlier this week it was reported that the Tories may allow low-quality hormone-treated beef to be sold in the UK to secure a trade deal with Australia – a proposal the National Farmers’ Union said would put farmers in the UK at a competitive disadvantage.

The Scottish Secretary is visiting food and drink producers in Scotland to justify a power grab over devolved areas as part of Brexit.

Commenting, SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“The Tories think they can do anything they want to Scotland and get away with it.

“Once upon a time the Scottish Tories agreed that a power grab over devolved issues would be unacceptable. Now David Mundell is touring the country as a Brexit salesman – but Scottish food producers won’t be sold a pup.

“Despite all of the Tory promises that countries would be lining up to sign gold-plated trade agreements, it’s becoming ever clearer that the UK government would sell their granny to get a deal.

“There’s a very real risk that Brexit will mean the UK market is flooded with hormone-treated beef, chlorinated chicken and GM crops – putting our farmers at risk to save Theresa May’s blushes.

“That’s why the power grab matters, and that’s why David Mundell’s PR operation is falling completely flat.

“The Tories have already sold out our fishermen – they must not be allowed to sell out our food producers.”
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