The Brexit Working Group was set up in summer 2020 by Seafood Scotland to help industry preparations ahead of the UK leaving the Transition Period, with businesses then preparing to trade and operate outside the Single Market and Customs Union. Subsequently, it acted as a forum for response to the implications of having left the Transition Period at the end of 2020.

As things settled over summer 2021, the working group broadened its membership to include more industry representatives, more businesses and a wider range of Government officials. We also started inviting guest speakers to its meetings on a regular basis.

Meetings started to cover a wider range of topics than Brexit although the implications of Brexit were still the core focus of the group’s discussions.

In Autumn 2021, it was agreed that the widened scope and remit should be formalised and that it would be sensible to drop the word “Brexit” from the group’s title to reflect the fact things had moved on somewhat. It was also agreed that group membership should be extended, with small and medium sized organisations and business interests particularly in mind.

The new name for the group is “PISCES” – or the the PISCES forum.

This is an acronym signifying “Policy Issues, Sector Cooperation, Engagement (and) Support” which reflects our broad aims for the group’s purpose and scope.

While a new name and scope has been agreed, the format of the new group will be similar in many ways to the Brexit Working Group unless circumstances necessitate any changes.

There will be a plan to invite more guest speakers in due course and to dovetail announcements of future topics and reflection on previous meetings with Seafood Scotland newsletter publication so that the wider industry is kept abreast of PISCES meetings/discussions/activities.

These meetings will commence on Thursday 20th January 3-4pm and will be held every 2 weeks. If you would like to attend this forum please email


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