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 Scottish 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.


“Too often over the past few months, we have heard nothing but grievance  over the democratic UK-wide vote to leave the EU.



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