Wednesday, 10 October 2018 07:11



An SNP MP has slammed the UK Government for bringing an agriculture bill to the House of Commons today for its second reading which ignores the needs of Scottish farming and food production.

The new Bill, introduced to Parliament by Michael Gove, has been denounced by Scotland’s Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, for failing to respect the devolved settlement.

Farmers in the UK currently receive £3.1 billion in support through the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy with Scotland receiving approximately half a billion pounds annually. The Bill fails to honour Tory promises made to farmers in the EU referendum to guarantee to match EU funding in the event of the UK leaving the EU in the long-term.

The National Farmers Union, Scotland (NFUS) have supported the Scottish Government’s position that all decisions affecting agriculture in Scotland should be taken in Scotland.

Commenting, Deidre Brock MP said:

“As the National Audit Office confirms that preparations to support businesses have not been made, the UK Government’s plan makes pretty horrific reading for Scotland’s farmers. The Bill itself falls far short of the many promises that the UK Government have made to farmers across Scotland and their attempt to push it through parliament - taking devolved powers from Holyrood as it does - is utterly unacceptable.

“Marketed as setting the future direction of the UK post-Brexit, the reality is that the Bill and UK Government departments have no vision, no plan and have ignored calls to address the concerns raised by organisations like the NFUS.

“The Tories’ approach simply serves to reinforce why Scotland needs its powers over farming policy and support so that we can provide for this key sector in our rural economy.  We need policy which protects rural Scotland’s interests, and not in Tory interests."

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