Post-Brexit Agricultural Policy for Scotland Leads Debate at Lib Dem Fringe Event

NFU Scotland has highlighted the need for a new agricultural policy for Scotland post-Brexit that delivers financial stability, improved productivity and environmental benefits.

Presenting its newly-launched discussion document, ‘Steps to Change: A New Agricultural Policy for Scotland Post-Brexit’ at the Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in Aviemore, NFUS representatives outlined how leaving the EU, and therefore the Common Agricultural Policy, presents Scottish agriculture with a clear opportunity to design a new support system that genuinely reflects the unique profile of Scottish agriculture.

During the fringe event, which was addressed by Scottish LibDem rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP, Director of Policy and Member Services Jonnie Hall said that sustainable food production and the delivery of public benefits must be at the forefront of any new agricultural policy. Putting Scottish farmers and crofters on a fair footing within the food supply chain whilst at the same time contributing even more to the environment will be key.

Also addressing delegates at the conference, Political Affairs Manager Clare Slipper added that the Scottish Government’s forthcoming Good Food Nation Bill must also allow all of society to appreciate and enjoy more local Scottish produce.

NFU Scotland President Andrew McCornick, who chaired the fringe meeting at the Conference, said: “We were pleased to host our first-ever fringe event at a Scottish Liberal Democrat conference as part of an extensive programme of engagement with politicians and stakeholders on Brexit and our new ‘Steps to Change’ discussion document.

“The proposals contained within the Union’s Steps to Change document will pave the way for a profitable, productive and sustainable agricultural industry that will allow us to make the most of the opportunities afforded by future Scottish legislation on a Good Food Nation.

“It is vitally important that we take the opportunity of Brexit to create a fairer environment for Scottish farmers and crofters, who are the cornerstone of what is already a thriving food and drink sector in Scotland.”  

Notes to Editors

  • A photograph of NFUS speakers with Mike Rumbles MSP at the Scottish Liberal Democrat Conference fringe event is available on request from


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Author: Bob Carruth

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News Article No.: 56/18

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