Scotland Office minister Lord Duncan said the UK government is listening to the priorities
of Western Isles businesses ahead of leaving the EU.
On a visit to Lewis and Harris, Lord Duncan met with representatives from the comhairle,
MG Alba and the Stornoway Trust. He also toured the Shawbost Mill and visited the
Harris distillery to see the trading opportunities for two global brands, home and
Lord Duncan said: “It is good to be back on the islands. I spent many summers on
Donald MacInnes’ converted fishing boat touring from Lewis to Barra. Much has changed
since then. Back then the Harris Distillery was just a plot of land!
“The purpose of the visit – aside from enjoying the traditional islands hospitality
– was to listen to the voices from the islands to ensure that it is heard and heeded
as the Brexit negotiations unfold.
“This trip has been a fantastic opportunity to speak with key sectors and individuals,
listening to how we can ensure Brexit offers a bright future for our traditional
“Brexit is about strengthening devolution and bringing decision-making powers to
Scotland. It is essential that Na h-Eileanan Siar stands ready to seize the opportunity.”
Scotland Office minister on Brexit visit to Western Isles