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Key Scottish exports must be protected from a “Brexit disaster” says Labour.

Speaking on a visit to Stornoway, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said the Tories' “reckless” approach to leaving the European Union (EU) will put at risk the protected status of food and drink products such as black pudding, Scotch beef and lamb, Arbroath smokies and whisky.

A number of food and drink products in Scotland and across the UK have protected status under EU law which acts as a safeguard against imitation throughout the European Union area.

Kezia Dugdale said: “Food and drink exports are a key part of the Scottish economy, particularly our island economies.

“They secure jobs, grow the economy and are essential to the distinctive nature of Scotland's Highlands and Islands.”

She added: "Any post-Brexit trade deal must protect the status of our key food and drink products.

“The Tories would sell our islands' economies down the river. Only a Labour government will fight to keep the protected status of key British food and drink products.

"With one vote for Labour on June 8, Scots can reject both Theresa May's plan for a hard Brexit and Nicola Sturgeon's plan for a divisive second independence referendum."

Stornoway black pudding must be protected from Brexit threat says Labour  

13 May 2017

Kezia Dugdale with Western Isles Labour candidate Ealasaid Macdonald.