Tories confident on seafood after Brexit

The Conservative visitors at G& J Jack, with managing director Martin Jack
The Conservative visitors at G& J Jack, with managing director Martin Jack

Scottish Conservatives have said that international demand for Scottish seafood will ensure the industry in the North East thrives after Brexit.

Tory Rural Affairs spokesman Peter Chapman and Aberdeenshire Council candidate Andy Kille visited Fraserburgh fish processing firm G&J Jack Seafood Ltd on Friday.

About 90% of G&J Jack’s business is with the EU, but MD Martin Jack believes customers will always want the best in Scottish produce.

Mr Chapman MSP said: “It was great to visit a thriving north-east businesses which is confident about the future. International demand for our seafood will not stop when leave the EU.

“Access to foreign labour is a vital issue for the fish processing sector, as with our fruit farmers, and agreements will have to be reached to make sure they have the workers they need.”

Mr Kille said: “It was fascinating to see and hear about the volume of produce that passes through the factory for destinations all over the UK and Europe. There are huge opportunities for the Scottish fishing industry from Brexit. There could be a real boost for all our coastal communities as a result.”