Scottish Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has called on the UK Government to provide further support to companies struggling to trade with the EU post-Brexit.
In a letter to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, she demanded urgent financial assistance to help small businesses hire customs agents to deal with the additional bureaucracy involved with importing from and exporting to the EU.
She suggested that this could be provided in the form of tax credits, vouchers or grants.
The proposal was among several made in response to the growing impact of Brexit and Gove’s public commitment to help businesses adjust to the new trade rules.
The Conservative MP recently pledged to “to pull out all the stops” to help businesses adjust to new trade rules.
Hyslop also urged the UK Government to engage with the European Commission to simplify VAT regulations on cross border trade, and to