MSP attends ‘positive’ talks on Brexit future

Finlay Carson MPS attended the DEFRA meeting
Finlay Carson MPS attended the DEFRA meeting

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has held “positive and constructive” talks at Westminster with key UK Government ministers over the future of the agriculture and fishing sectors post-Brexit.

Mr Carson was part of a delegation of Scottish Conservative MSPs who travelled to London to discuss priorities for Scotland in advance of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The group of MSPs – Peter Chapman, Edward Mountain and Finlay Carson – set out their views on making a success of Brexit to the Secretary of State for DEFRA, Andrea Leadsom MP and Minister for Farming and Fishing, George Eustice MP.

The MSPs raised a wide range of agricultural and fishing issues with the UK Government at a time when the SNP government has been accused of failing to seize the opportunities from the EU referendum result.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Carson said: “Following meetings with a number of farming and fishing representatives across Galloway and West Dumfries,

“I was pleased to be able to put forward their views to UK Government ministers.

“We spoke about a range of issues including food, the environment, farming and fishing, amongst other related topics.

“I am going to work with my colleagues in Westminster to make Brexit a success.

“I had very constructive and positive discussions with UK ministers and I am confident that they understand the key issues facing Scotland’s farming and fishing sectors, which are important economic drivers in my rural constituency of Galloway and West Dumfries.

“This is a government that is absolutely clear on its desire to deliver a successful future for the whole UK – including Scotland.