Wednesday, 10 July 2019 05:55

NEXT PRIME MINISTER MUST NOT DELAY ON £160 MILLION OWED TO FARMERS

The Tories have finally admitted that Scotland's farmers and crofters were short-changed by £160 million CAP funding, with Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson claiming that he will repay the money owed if he becomes PM.

The SNP has warned the UK government that they must not delay on this issue any longer – which has seen Scottish farmers lose out on £160 million since 2013 following the Tory government’s decision to not target this funding where it is due in Scotland.

Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy said:

"This is a victory for the SNP - we've fought tooth and nail for the last six years, in order for this historic wrong to be righted. This is Scotland's money, and we are only being promised what we are due. But we cannot afford to rest until we see the colour of their money – I will press whoever becomes the next Prime Minister to fulfil this pledge urgently.
 
"This announcement is frankly the bare minimum, and it's not enough to mitigate the threat of a no-deal Brexit, which is causing massive uncertainty for farmers and crofters across Scotland.  We are hearing of real problems for beef farmers with prices plummeting and sheep farmers anxious about the impact of tariffs.

"We need cast-iron guarantees that Scotland will see all the additional money we are due, along with need real commitments over future support. On top of that, the Tories must rule out altogether their attempted power grab over farming powers that should rightfully be exercised at Holyrood."

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