Monday 5 December 2016

Toblerone change the shape of things to come under Brexit, SNP MSP says

Published 16/11/2016 | 14:01

Colin Beattie wants other MSPs to support his motion to note concern over the decision to wide the gaps between the segments of the Toblerone chocolate bar
Colin Beattie wants other MSPs to support his motion to note concern over the decision to wide the gaps between the segments of the Toblerone chocolate bar

An SNP MSP has lodged a parliamentary motion claiming the change of shape of Toblerones is "emblematic of the devastating consequences that Brexit could bring".

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Colin Beattie wants other MSPs to support his motion to note concern over the decision to widen the gaps between the segments of the chocolate bar.

Toblerone manufacturer Mondelez International announced the change last week and blamed it on rising food prices.

Mr Beattie's motion calls on the UK Government to take "speedy action to rectify the change".

His motion asks: "That the Parliament notes with concern Mondelez International's recent decision to widen the gaps between the segments of the iconic Swiss chocolate bar, Toblerone, in the UK; understands that this was made in order to allay rising costs for numerous ingredients; believes that this is emblematic of the devastating consequences that Brexit could bring; offers its condolences to those mourning this change to the bar; calls on the UK Government to take speedy action to rectify the change, but wishes the company the best possible success with the lighter bar."

Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser said: "It appears that the SNP's quest to find grievance in all things has now entered the confectionery stall. What a joke.

"However, given the grief Mr Beattie is suffering over the scaling-down of Toblerone, the Scottish Conservatives pledge today to buy him some good Scots chocolate, like a pack of Tunnock's tea cakes which - regardless of Brexit - remain as delicious and substantial as always."

A Labour source said: "This took us by surprise - the SNP's whole mission is greater separation.

"Even the most sweet-toothed of Scottish taxpayers must be wondering if this is the best use of parliamentary time, some might even say Mr Beattie is about as much use as a chocolate teapot."

Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said: " Toblerone won't be the only chocolate bar that will change as companies crunch the numbers.

"The Tories' Brexit fudge means we must have a referendum on the final terms of our exit.

"We all know Brexit won't be a picnic but Mr Beattie should realise that the SNP's attempt to introduce a double decker of uncertainty through another breakaway will only make the situation worse."

A Scottish Greens spokesman said: "Mr Beattie's ridiculous motion has caused ripples of disbelief and snickers of laughter.

"He really has set the bar for bizarre outcries at Holyrood. It'll be a lesson to him about the perils of submitting a motion just before lunch."

The Scottish Parliament estimates the current cost of submitting a motion to be between £5 and £6.

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