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Island chocolate company blames uncertainty around Brexit for closure

Posted On: 15 Sep 2019   |   Posted By: Press and Journal

An island chocolate company has been described as “an innocent victim of the Brexit shambles” as owners blamed the ongoing uncertainty around leaving the EU for its closure.
The Portree-based Isle of Skye Chocolate firm announced its decision on social media, saying “irreparable damage” had been done to its business due to an increase of 30% in the price of the raw materials needed for the business.
The company was founded in 2009, and specialised in “luxury” treats using quality ingredients.
A message on the company's web page entitled “the last post” said: “For the past three years, ever since the UK voted to leave the EU, we have been on hold as far as investment in the business is concerned, due to the UK's uncertain economic future.
“Our raw material prices have increased by around 30% in that time, mainly due to the fall in the value of the pound against the euro.
“Being outside the EU single market and common customs tariffs will lead to tariffs of between 10% and 20% being imposed on chocolate from...

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