From Insider yesterday: ‘Oil and gas drove the value of Scotland’s experts to the EU up by 18.6% over the last year, according to Treasury figures. Whisky was also a big factor in the rate of increase which outstripped every other part of the UK, which had an overall rise of 12.9% – £3.8 billion. Total Scottish exports now account for a record-high £32.8 billion, with more businesses exporting goods than ever before. In the first quarter of 2019, 4,950 Scottish businesses exported abroad, 229 more than the same period in the previous year. Fossil fuel exports increased in value by 36.3% to £12.5 billion, with beverages including whisky increasing by 7% to £4.4 billion.’ Note: The EU single market and customs union is eight times bigger in population terms than the UK market.