Thursday, 25 February 2016 07:34

TORY farming minister wants EU farm support to end

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 The Tory Farming Minister, George Eustice, has announced that he will vote for the UK to leave the EU – effectively campaigning for an end to all EU support for Scotland’s farmers and rural communities.

 Common Agricultural Policy support in Scotland is worth around £4 billion in the period from 2015 to 2020.

 Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:

 “It is simply unbelievable that any Farming Minister would vote for a position that would cut off all EU support to our farmers and rural communities – support that is worth £4 billion to Scotland over the next four years.

 “Incredibly, George Eustice is the Minister who represents Scotland’s farmers at the top table in Europe – while Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary often can’t even get in the room.

 “We are clear that it should be Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary that should make the case for Scottish farmers in the EU but we are equally clear that it is better for rural Scotland to be in Europe rather than out.

 “Over the coming weeks we will make the strong and positive case for continued EU membership and the vital support that comes with this.”