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.