Scottish salmon farmers who export to the European Union were given another look — another shock — at the shape and tone of EU rules post-Brexit, and it looks like many UK permissions will no longer apply.
“As regards organic aquaculture, for products placed on the EU-27 market as of the withdrawal date, the certificates issues by control authorities and bodies in the United Kingdom are no longer valid,” a note from Brussels trumpeted on Monday in its Notice to Stakeholders
It didn’t end with EU Rules on Food Law. The industry’s advocacy organisations, too (you know who you are) were told that their activities in the EU — as in marketing — won’t be allowed post-Brexit unless they have prior agreements with the countries hosting those activities.
“In view of the considerable uncertainties, in particular concerning the content of a possible withdrawal agreement, operators carrying out fishing activities and any of the activities related to any stage of production, processing, marketing, distribution and retail chains of fishery and aquaculture products are reminded of legal repercussions, which need to be considered when the United Kingdom becomes a third country,” wrote the EU’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.