15th August 2017

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, recently visited local business Argent Energy to meet the Director of Corporate Affairs, Dickon Posnett, to discuss the effects of Brexit on the business and others in the sector.

The flagship plant produces biodiesel and aims to continue contributing to the global battle against climate change and help the UK maximise the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from transport.

The two discussed concerns over the removal of EU imposed duties on American biodiesel which could see a greater influx of American imports at the expense of Scottish and European businesses.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows, the SNP’s Westminster Spokesperson for Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation, said:

“It was a useful and informative meeting in which I discussed with Dickon the company’s and sector’s concerns over Brexit.

“The EU has many regulations in place that protect European and Scottish businesses – many of which are local. The uncertainty around Brexit and the future of these businesses puts local jobs on the line.

“The greatest concern for businesses like Argent Energy is that government subsidised fuels from America flood our market. This is especially concerning when Theresa May is turning her back on Europe, and as a consequence, needs to forge stronger relations with Donald Trump’s USA whose America First policy will severely affect workers and businesses in Scotland.

“The UK Government must listen to these businesses and heed their concerns. We must prioritise our own jobs and economy over that of the USA.”