Scotland’s farmers and landowners say a replacement for the Common Agricultural Policy after Brexit must have a UK-wide framework so the British market is not fragmented.
NFU Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates will warn against the creation of internal UK trade barriers by having entirely different systems of agriculture support north and south of the Borders.
But they support Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for all agriculture powers that are repatriated from Brussels to be devolved – provided that the Scottish government then negotiates with Westminster to provide a single UK framework.
In a submission to a Holyrood inquiry, Scottish Land & Estates warned the First Minister that rejecting an “over-arching” UK framework could see farm support cut in half.
(Source: The Telegraph)