Scottish Government calls on the Defra’s Secretary of State to make the case in the UK Cabinet to “halt current Brexit negotiations”.
Scotland’s Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham (pictured), has called on the UK Government to halt current Brexit negotiations, stating “all available resources” need to be directed towards mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on the environment and rural economy.
Ms Cunningham was speaking ahead of yesterday’s (23 March) Inter-Ministerial Group for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, being hosted by the Scottish Government by video conference.
She said: “This is a truly unprecedented and distressing period for the entire country. Therefore, all available government resource needs to be put towards tackling COVID-19 and mitigating its effects on almost every area of Scottish society.”
All available government resource needs to be put towards tackling COVID-19 and mitigating its effects on almost every area of Scottish society
She went on to says that a “considerable” amount of work is required to ensure Brexit can be carried out in such a way that “minimises the impact on the economy, people and the environment” but the resources required for this activity should be devoted towards dealing with the current crisis.
“Furthermore, parliamentary timetabling cannot physically accommodate the work required to move forward the required legislation,” she said.
“In this context, the Scottish Government feels that a Brexit Scotland did not vote for, and does not want, is an unwelcome and unnecessary distraction.
“Continuing to plough on could seriously harm our ability to tackle a virus which threatens lives and livelihoods across these islands.”
The Scottish Government is therefore calling on the Defra’s Secretary of State to make the case in the UK Cabinet to “halt current Brexit negotiations”, which Ms Cunningham says would “allow us to refocus these Inter Ministerial Groups fully to co-ordinating and liaising across the four nations on our collective response to COVID-19.”