A row has erupted after the Scottish National Party questioned the UK government’s commitment to engaging with the EU on the future of farm subsidy payments post-Brexit.
The nationalists went on the attack after Defra confirmed it has no correspondence on file related to the issue between the department and European agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan since the referendum.
Highland MSP Gail Ross called the situation “very concerning” and said it would “leave farmers wondering just what the future holds for them after Brexit”.
But a spokesman for Defra secretary Michael Gove accused the SNP of “misleading nonsense” and insisted ministers have “regular discussions” with the EU commissioner on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and other issues.
(Source: Press and Journal)