Saturday 10 December 2016

Toblerone redesign 'emblematic' of 'devastating' consequences of Brexit, claims politician

Auslan Cramb

Published 16/11/2016 | 18:15

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

The changing shape of the Toblerone chocolate bar has been added to the SNP’s growing list of grievances over the “devastating” effects of Brexit.

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The Nationalist MSP Colin Beattie has tabled a motion at Holyrood lamenting the new design of the bar, which has seen larger gaps introduced between the chocolate peaks.

The controversial move by the makers of the popular treat is, according to politician, no less than “emblematic of the devastating consequences that Brexit could bring”.

The bizarre motion, entitled Decrease in the Weight of the Toblerone Bar, asks that the Scottish 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”.

It goes on to suggest Holyrood offers its condolences to those mourning the move and calls on the UK Government to “take speedy action to rectify the change” while also wishing the company “the best possible success with the lighter bar”.

Murdo Fraser, for the Scottish Tories, expressed surprise that the SNP’s regular quest to "find grievance” had entered the sweet shop, and offered to buy Mr Beattie some “good Scots chocolate” in the shape of a pack of Tunnock’s tea cakes, which it assured the MSP remained “as delicious and substantial as always”.

Scottish Labour said it was surprised by the move as the SNP’s purpose had always been “greater separation”.

It also questioned whether event the most sweet-toothed Scottish taxpayer would regarded the SNP MSP’s motion as the best use of parliamentary time and suggested Mr Beattie was “as much use as a chocolate teapot”.

Telegraph.co.uk

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