No cause for celebration is Brexit: Brian Donnelly



Because of the first new strain of coronavirus, FRANCE this week closed its border with the UK. It happened suddenly, and the UK couldn’t do anything.

As the final talks on the post-Brexit trade agreement were taking place, a second new strain of the virus had arrived, and although the final EU border closure had nothing to do with Brexit, it seemed to be something of a dark harbinger.

David Thomson of the Food and Drink Federation Scotland said the effect on Scottish food producers who export fresh and perishable products such as seafood and salmon was “absolutely catastrophic,” resulting in a “black Christmas” for many.

Meanwhile, among the insular Tories there was an air of jubilation, who seem barely able to contain themselves over what they term victories such as the “return of sovereignty.”

This week, business editor Ian McConnell outlined the dispiriting responses to the fallout from Brexit in his column ‘Called to Account’.

“dominated by forceful warnings, from Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson among others, of a new strain of Covid-19 that can spread much faster, the British government’s headlong rush to leave the European single market seemed increasingly bizarre.”dominated by powerful warnings, including by Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson, of a new strain of Covid-19 that could spread much faster, the British government’s headlong rush to leave the European Single Market seemed increasingly bizarre.

And increasingly reckless,”And increasingly irresponsible and opaque,”and opaque. “The prime minister, who seemed to laugh on Monday when asked whether or not there would be a no-deal Brexit, seemed at once completely inept and completely expected, given this government’s apparent indifference on that front.”

This week, there were major moves in the Scottish energy industry that signaled the scale of the sustainability push.

After agreeing to sell its gas company in the area to Viaro Energy for £ 120 million, Perth-based energy giant SSE will leave the North Sea, while SSE has decided to concentrate its investment on renewable generation and networks.

With the purchase of a 50% stake in a big Swedish wind farm, Red Rock Power has made its first foray into Europe. The Edinburgh-based firm, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SDIC Power Holdings of China, acquired its stake in the Green Investment Group’s onshore Overturingen wind farm for an undisclosed amount, described as a “market price.”

The company also has an interest in a 56-turbine joint venture with CapMan Infra, the Nordic infrastructure boss.

For Red Rock, the move is described as a “major milestone”

In its long-running tax dispute with India, in which the firm won around $1.2 billion and saw its share price increase by almost 30 percent, Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy is toasting victory this week, paving the way for heavy investor payouts.

This week, acquisition-minded brothers Sandy and James Easdale acquired a Scottish waterfront site for homes, while also reaching an agreement to add Dundee National Express operations to their empire of McGill’s Buses.

With the proposed development of the property, the “sprawling waterfront site” on Cardross Road outside Dumbarton takes the overall value of their building projects to more than £ 400 million.

For Fife-based Feragaia, which has earned a listing in London’s Harrods, a cross-border coup for the drink that is considered Scotland’s first non-alcoholic spirit, a timely glass can also be lifted.


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