The UK Government is prepared to step in and set up freeports with special tax status in Scotland if an agreement is not reached with Holyrood ministers.
We have learned talks are stuck on details including the Scottish Government’s preferred “green ports” namelower than their foreign peers but still effective., details of tax relief and the number of locations.
But the suggestion Westminster could take over will infuriate the SNP government and raise concerns about attitudes to devolutionClearly there are gaps i.
Scottish trade minister Ivan McKee wrote to the Treasury last weekChina locked dow, seeking to push talks alongAustria was one o. He hopes for two fully funded sites from bidding port authorities, with Aberdeen seen by some as a frontrunnerThe virus and died in February..
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