Protecting rural Scotland from Brexit
Views sought from farmers.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is encouraging farmers to share their views on the future of rural funding in the event of Brexit.
The First Minister reiterated that Scotland’s interests are best served by the UK remaining in the EU, or if Brexit does happen for the UK to remain in the single market and customs union, however with the UK government continuing to progress plans to leave the EU the Scottish Government is making preparations for the impact of Brexit on key sectors such as agriculture.
The Scottish Government launched a consultation in June which set out proposals to stabilise and simplify income support for rural communities in Scotland during the period immediately after Brexit.
Ahead of attending the Turriff Show in Aberdeenshire, the First Minister said:
“The rural economy is vital to Scotland’s economic prosperity but Brexit remains the biggest threat to the industry and our interests are best served by remaining within the EU or Single Market and Customs Union.
“Scotland’s farmers and rural communities receive valuable support from the EU and, in the absence of any clarity from the UK Government on future funding, the Scottish Government has published the most comprehensive Brexit paper on farming anywhere in the UK.
“The paper proposes that in the short term support schemes for active farming, food production, environmental improvements, forestry and rural development fundamentally stay largely the same. However, we are also looking at whether processes can be simplified and streamlined and what farmers think the longer term direction of travel should be.
“It is important we hear directly from those working in the rural sector so we can support them through the transition period after the UK leaves the EU so I would encourage those who will be affected to respond before the deadline.”