Isles MP Angus B MacNeil has strongly criticised the decision to suspend sittings of the House of Commons during September and early October.

He said yesterday (Wednesday August 28th):

“The steps taken by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today to suspend Parliament is unbelievable and shocking.  I have received calls from people in other countries asking what is going on in the circus of UK politics.

"From an islands perspective, it is very worrying that Boris Johnson is lining up to have a hard Brexit. 

"A hard Brexit means poor trading relationships with our neighbours in Europe, who we rely on in the shellfish and crofting sector to buy our products. 

"As we have already heard this week, Stornoway Plastics who sell into the European market are facing problems with customers as close as Ireland.

“Scotland did not vote for this.  Scotland voted in favour of staying in the European Union by 62% - every single local authority area in Scotland voted Remain. 

“In 2014, Scotland was told to vote No to Independence to guarantee our place in the European Union – that promise today is seen as being a hollow joke as we find ourselves in the precarious situation of crashing out of the Single Market.

“Independence would have given us political control in Scotland to avoid Brexit and we really need that at the moment. 

"However, now the UK is all about walking away from a trade bloc and ripping up agreements to the detriment of our economy, no other country has done this and only Somalia, South Sudan and East Timor are out of regional trade blocks, according to the House of Commons Library.

“I only hope that this can be stopped now.  I have long advocated the revocation of Article 50, I just hope that other MPs wake up to the imperative need to do this - the stakes are high!"

The Isles MP earlier explained how Gordon Maclennan of Stornoway Plastics, who manufacture equipment for the fishing industry, had received a letter from a customer in the Republic of Ireland about what will happen to goods after 1st November in the event of a No Deal Brexit.

Mr Maclennan has been told that Irish companies believe that a No Deal Brexit is the most likely outcome and that they anticipate the need for Customs paperwork and possibly Customs Duties will have to be paid before any imports will be accepted. Irish Companies have already been issued with a Customs reference number for use after Brexit.

‘This is the first business that has come to us and said they have difficulties from customers due to the change in the trading regime. No longer will we have open markets and easy trading after Brexit.

‘Stornoway Plastics are, probably unknown to many, in the forefront of innovation in fishing industry tools and apparatus so much so their work has even been copied in China, but a hard Brexit means selling their Stornoway manufactured products to nearby Donegal will be a problem and customers there are already concerned at higher costs.

‘After Brexit, when outside the Single Market and Customs Unions there are going to be problems for businesses and a hard Brexit is going to be the worst of all."