Union Engaged in EU Debate as Momentum Builds Towards 23 June Vote

NFU Scotland continues to put the nation’s farming and food sectors at the heart of the EU debate as momentum builds towards the vote on 23 June.  

The Union’s Vice President Andrew McCornick was giving evidence at a meeting of Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee in Glasgow today (9 May) to discuss the forthcoming EU Referendum and its impact on Scotland

Speaking after the evidence session, Mr McCornick said: “With debate on the referendum gathering pace, it is important that Scottish farming has a voice in any scrutiny given to the issue ahead of the vote on 23 June.

“Not only is it important to discuss the likely scenarios for Scottish agriculture should we leave the EU, but it is also relevant to consider what we can hope to achieve from the reform agenda for Europe.  What might that reform agenda mean for the Common Agricultural Policy, if voters opt to stay ‘in’?

“NFUS has said throughout the debate that, to date, the current balance remains in favour of staying in the EU and I made that point again today to the MPs.  However, it is not for the Union to tell its members in any way how they should use their vote.
“It therefore becomes all the more important that key issues such as the future of agricultural support, access for Scottish produce to European markets, and the movement of labour are given prominence in the debate so that farmers and crofters can make an informed decision come referendum day.

“There will be a further opportunity for members to engage in the discussion on 19 May when NFU Scotland will be hosting the EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan for a debate on the referendum. A speaker from the Brexit side has yet to be confirmed but this event at the Highland Showground will be a useful platform to further tease out the pros and cons of EU membership.”

Notes to Editors

  • The Scottish Affairs Committee met in the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow today (9 May) to discuss the forthcoming referendum on EU membership on 23 June.
  • NFU Scotland’s debate on European membership entitled: “In or Out – The implications for Scottish food and farming” will be held in the MacRobert Pavilion, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, nr Edinburgh, EH28 8NB on Thursday 19 May, 6.30pm for 7.00pm start.  The first speaker confirmed is European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan.  A speaker for the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign is to be confirmed.
  • For tickets and further details, visit
  • Any media interested in attending the debate can contact Bob Carruth on
  • Commissioner Hogan will be visiting the arable and beef farm run by the Dandie family at Learielaw, Broxburn, West Lothian, EH52 5PG on the morning of Friday 20 May.  A formal media invite will be sent out in due course but any media interested in attending the debate can contact Bob Carruth on


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

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News Article No.: 117/16

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