Following the concern earlier about tariffs on food exports (including fish, farmed fish and lamb from Shetland) to the European Union in a hard Brexit, or no trade deal, there is now concern that fish processors would be disproportionately affected by plans to put a one-thousand pound levy on European Union workers in the UK following a hard Brexit.
The latest statistics for activity at Lerwick Harbour have confirmed ups-and-downs across the range of users last year, with the pattern continuing into this year. The Lerwick Port Authority’s chief executive, Sandra Laurenson, explained that ups-and-downs in a challenging year were as predicted and that the mixed fortunes across the sectors were expected to continue.
Shetland Nature, which organises nature tours and stays for visitors, has revealed that last year they had more Orca encounters than any previous season, with many groups having multiple encounters over the course of a week.
New calculations by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre show the number of police officers and firefighters which could be paid for with the cash siphoned off by HM Revenue and Customs in its refusal to exempt Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service of VAT.