This was how Scottish Energy News first revealed the £200 million a year in extra trade taxes and tariffs facing the N. Sea oil and gas supply chain when Britain quits the EU bloc.
More than 18 hours later**, the SNP issued the following publicity statement:
Callum McCaig, the Aberdeen South MP – the SNP’s Energy spokesman in the Westminster parliament – said: “The SNP has repeatedly warned the UK Government that their complacency to devise a robust trade plan could result in colossal export tariffs.
“To see now in black and white that the oil and gas supply chain will be hit with a £200 million bill because of that really drives home how incompetent their reaction to Brexit has been.
“The fact that we have a world class supply chain which has been neglected and diminished by the UK Government will leave businesses feeling forgotten about by the Tories in Westminster who clearly do not consider them a priority. Higher costs to export could impact jobs as cuts would have to be made to accommodate finding an extra £200 million just to sell services and products.”
** On 14 March 2017 at 19:04, MACKENZIE, Catriona <catriona.mackenzie> wrote:
Please find below a reaction from Callum McCaig MP to a recent report from The Oil and Gas Institute on the effects of leaving the EU on the oil and gas supply chain.
Offices of Kirsty Blackman MP and Callum McCaig MP
See how we reported this first:
Brexit will cost N. Sea oil and gas supply chain an extra £200m a year to trade outside EU