Commenting after attending today’s business roundtable in Glasgow hosted by the Brexit Secretary David Davis MP and Scottish Secretary David Mundell MP, the Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, David Lonsdale, said:
“The meeting with the Brexit Secretary and the Scottish Secretary was a useful opportunity to put forward our case that the government to prioritise a fair deal for consumers in its exit negotiations with the EU. The retail industry already faces enormous upward cost pressures particularly from UK and Scottish public policy decisions as well as the recent devaluation of sterling, and there is little scope to absorb further cost rises without it affecting the prices people pay in shops and online. Securing tariff-free trade with Europe and other nations, guaranteeing the right of EU nationals currently working in retail to continue to do so, and taking tangible action on the domestic policy front to reduce the cost of doing business in this country ought to be the focus.”