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Scotland wants continued EU-protection for its whisky and salmon

With the change of leadership in the United Kingdom making a no-deal exit from the European Union seemingly more likely, Scottish authorities are fearful local products will lose their protected status under the bloc's rule.

Some of the Scottish products granted a Geographical Indication (GI) by the EU include Orkney Scottish Island cheddar, wild and farmed salmon, lamb, beef, Shetland wool and whisky.

In a letter to the newly-installed Environment Minister Theresa Villiers, Scotland's Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing wrote on Wednesday that the devolved government finds the "approach being adopted by the UK Government deeply concerning".

The UK's new prime minister, Boris Johnson, has repeatedly said the country will leave the EU on October 31 "do or die".

"It is not enough to simply hope and believe that the EU will not take steps to remove existing UK GIs from their registers, especially if we are not to protect their GI products from Day 1 in the UK scheme," Ewing said.

"This stance is causing real uncertainty for producers and I implore you to do more to attempt to secure this mutual recognition in negotiations taking place," he added.


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