Carmichael condemns “fairytale” no-deal Brexit planning report

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has criticised the newly released government report on no-deal Brexit planning. The 155-page document has been shared by the Government as concerns rise that UK negotiations with the EU on a withdrawal agreement have already stalled.

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Carmichael highlights risks to rural communities from US tariffs

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today challenged the Minister of State for the Department for International Trade on plans to protect fragile local industries affected by the US Government’s new tariffs. A range of UK products, including knitwear and single malt whisky, are being targeted with 25 percent tariffs, expected to take effect on 18 October.

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Carmichael demands action on US wool tariffs

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has issued a demand for action by the UK Government, following reports that the US will introduce a range of tariffs on EU goods from 18 October. The 25 percent tariffs will cover wool products from the UK, including clothing.

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Carmichael: whisky export success cannot be undermined by trade barriers

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has reacted with concern over news that the US is set to introduce 25 percent tariffs on single malt Scotch whisky. The new tariffs are set to come into force on 18 October, and Karen Betts, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, has said it would be a blow to the Scotch whisky sector.

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Carmichael Highlights Fisheries Bill inaction

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has highlighted in the House of Commons the Government’s inaction on the Fisheries Bill.  The Bill is intended to provide the governing framework for UK fishing after Brexit but has not made any progress since November 2018.

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Carmichael responds to Supreme Court ruling on suspension of Parliament

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, welcomed on Tuesday the ruling by the Supreme Court that the suspension of Parliament was unlawful. The court's ruling means that Parliament returns to session on Wednesday, while the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced calls to resign.

 

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Carmichael backs Scottish fishermen in no-deal Brexit warning

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has reacted with concern over warnings from Scottish fishermen about the consequences of a no-deal Brexit. Senior figures in Scottish fishing, including Jimmy Buchan, the Chief Executive of the Scottish Seafood Association, suggested on Monday that a no-deal Brexit could "break the back" of the industry.

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Carmichael: Shetland fishermen must be heard

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, welcomed a new research briefing released by the Shetland Fishermen’s Association, outlining new findings on the state of North Sea cod stocks. Responding on Friday, Mr. Carmichael called for governments in London and Brussels to listen to the case put forward and to take it seriously.


The Chief Executive of the SFA, Simon Collins, has advocated for a calm approach to fisheries management, in response to suggestions of severe cuts to North Sea cod quotas by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.

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Carmichael on Yellowhammer document release: "What else do they have to hide?"

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has criticised the Government after it complied with a deadline to release the Yellowhammer documents, which outline the potential harm of a no-deal Brexit. The document confirms the claims of earlier reports, which suggested that a no-deal outcome could lead to severe shortages and major economic and social disruption.

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Shetland representatives voice concerns over post office plans

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, voiced concern on Wednesday over new plans by the Post Office to close their Lerwick branch at 46 Commercial Street and create a “retail partner” site in Conochies at 74-78 Commercial Street. The Post Office said in its online survey that the move was necessary to “secure the long term viability” of services in Lerwick.

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