Government right to extend import grace period but a sign of wider trade failures – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has said that news today that the Government will postpone new import checks on goods from the EU an additional six months was necessary, but reflected wider failures in the Government’s negotiations and preparations for changes to trade.

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Time running out for action on Hong Kong sanctions after latest abuses – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has warned the Government that it must act on sanctions against those undermining freedom in Hong Kong, after yet another wave of arrests and moves by Beijing to stamp out democracy in the city. Many more democracy activists have been arrested in recent days and China has announced new electoral rules which will reduce the chance for pro-democracy leaders to win representation.

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Secure SPS and veterinary agreement to ease cross-border trade tensions – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP and Liberal Democrat Norther Ireland spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Government to stop picking needless fights with the EU and sit down to find an agreement on sanitary and phytosanitary checks in order to ease trade disruption. Speaking during an urgent debate after the Government unilaterally reneged on commitments in the Northern Ireland Protocol with the EU, Mr Carmichael called for a longer term approach and an end to damaging behaviour by the Government.

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Isles representatives write to DVSA for action on driving tests

Isles representatives, Beatrice Wishart MSP and Alistair Carmichael MP, have written to the head of the DVSA, Loveday Ryder, to voice concern about the growing backlog in driving tests in the Northern Isles. Islanders have had severe issues in securing tests since the start of the pandemic, with few tests available even during periods of reduced restrictions. Beatrice Wishart recently met with Shetland’s Scottish Youth Parliament representatives who outlined the growing problems for young people who cannot get their driving licence because of these test delays.

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Government gives in on fishing deckhand visas

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed news that the Government is giving in over the campaign to include fishing deckhands on the skilled worker access list for visas. After initially refusing calls for a change in the visa policy from fishermen and pressure from Mr Carmichael in Parliament – including raising directly with the Prime Minister in the House of Commons – the Government has released a revision of its visa rules.

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Impact of HIAL centralisation plans “more damning than we could have imagined” – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has joined Liberal Democrat colleagues in voicing concern about the “damning” impact assessment on HIAL’s plans to centralise air traffic control in the North of Scotland and move jobs and services to Inverness. The report outlines a range of likely negative impacts for the isles including population loss, reduced economic activity and lowered resilience of flight services from the plan, with the only significant positive outcomes found for Inverness, where services are to be centralised.

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Carmichael criticises Government for putting arms before aid in Yemen

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has voiced concern about the Government’s planned cuts to aid to Yemen while reinstating arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which has been heavily involved in the Yemeni conflict. Speaking during a ministerial statement on the terrorist group Daesh, Mr Carmichael warned that by putting arms before aid the UK risked creating the potential for further conflict in the years to come. The Government has chosen to cut aid to Yemen by more than half compared to previous years.

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Carmichael welcomes end to US tariffs on Scottish whisky

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed news that the United States will end retaliatory tariffs imposed on Scottish whisky, which have cost the industry as much as £500m and lowered US exports by 35% since they were first imposed in 2019. The Biden administration has agreed to lower the 25% tariffs for four months ahead of wider negotiations with the EU. The drop in tariffs also applies to other products including cheese, pork and cashmere.

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No lasting solution on Irish Sea border without cooperation – Carmichael

Liberal Democrat Northern Ireland spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP, has spoken out after the Government released a statement of its intention to unilaterally rewrite parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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Ignored fishing industry concerns leave no confidence in Eustice – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has said there is little confidence left in George Eustice as DEFRA Secretary after a seafood organisation warned that Brexit red tape could be the “demise” of small fishing businesses.

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