Ex­ports to Nether­lands ‘at risk’ due to Brexit

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS POLITICS -

Scot­tish ex­ports to the Nether­lands worth more than £2 bil­lion are at risk be­cause of Brexit, ac­cord­ing to the ex­ter­nal af­fairs sec­re­tary.

Fiona Hys­lop will high­light the trad­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries dur­ing a se­ries of en­gage­ments in The Hague to­day.

She is due to hold meet­ings with the Nether­lands vicem­i­nis­ter for Euro­pean af­fairs, Thijs van der Plas, and Mar­jan Ham­mersma, the sec­re­tary gen­eral of the min­istry for ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture and science.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said the lat­est data shows that in 2015 the Nether­lands was Scot­land’s sec­ond main ex­port des­ti­na­tion, worth £2.3 bil­lion and rep­re­sent­ing 8% of the ex­port to­tal.

Min­is­ters ar­gue that the UK Gov­ern­ment’s plan to leave the Euro­pean sin­gle mar­ket and the cus­toms union could threaten such trade.

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