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NFU Scotland in Westminster as Brexit Bill returns to Commons

As the EU Withdrawal Bill returns to the House of Commons this week, NFUS has contributed to a high-level conference on the future of UK farming and the environment post-Brexit.

Representing NFU Scotland in a session on the competitiveness of UK agricultural products and future trading relationships with the EU and international partners this morning (Tuesday 21 November), Director of Policy and Member Services Jonnie Hall restated the importance of ensuring the negotiation and future domestic policies complement the vast variety in farming systems and environments across the UK.

Addressing delegates, Mr Hall outlined the value that agriculture in Scotland holds to the wider rural economy and socio-economic public benefits, and how post-Brexit governments should support farmers to deliver these benefits and allow food producers to deliver healthy nutritious food to local populations.

Jonnie Hall and Political Affairs Manager Clare Slipper then returned to the House of Commons this afternoon to meet with MPs from the different political parties where it outlined its priorities for post-Brexit agricultural policy whilst its Brexit roadshow continues in Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Lothian and Borders and Argyll this week.

The Union met with key spokespeople from Scottish Labour, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats as part of their regular engagements in London.

Jonnie Hall said: “It is important that we work together with politicians during this period of change in order to come away from it with the best possible future for Scottish agriculture.

“Scottish farmers and crofters need long term guarantees, not quick fixes, in order to properly run their businesses and continue to supply the high quality produce that they are renowned for.

“It is not enough just to make it through Brexit, we need ensure that these changes are ones which allow strengthening and growth within the industry and that we continue to encourage ambition by delivering the right policies.

“This is why we are here, to ensure that during these talks Scottish agriculture is at the fore of any discussions on post-Brexit decisions.”


Notes to Editor

  • A picture of Jonnie Hall at the conference is available by request from media@nfus.org.uk


Contact Douglas Ross on 0131 472 4108

Author: Douglas Ross

Date Published:

News Article No.: 168/17


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