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Brexit – What does it mean for you?

On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union.EU Flags

That gives a mandate to the Prime Minister to trigger Article 50 of the European Union, where a Member State will negotiate the terms of its exit from Europe, the single market and the Common Agricultural Policy. Once Article 50 is triggered, it could take up to two years until the terms of the UK’s exit become final.

As we enter this period of great uncertainty for farmers and crofters, the role of the Union in representing our members’ views and protecting their interests will rarely have been more important in our 103-year history.

In the coming weeks and months, NFU Scotland will endeavour to keep Scotland’s food and farming sectors informed on the ramifications and implications of ‘Brexit’ for Scottish food and farming.

NFU Scotland has set out the priorities for farmers and crofters that must be addressed by the Government as it negotiates the UK’s exit from the European Union and develops its new relationship with the EU. Click here to view

14 March 2017 – Our BAB office has picked out some highlights on Brexit events in Brussels since January and comments from key stakeholders that you might find useful. As Article 50 will be triggered in the very near future,  discussions and timetable in Brussels are likely to open up over the coming months, Click here to read more

19 October 2016 - NFU Scotland has published two discussion documents as it considers the future for farming and crofting in a post-European Union (EU) era.

The discussion documents, which will form part of a series titled ‘Beyond Brexit’, focus on trade options and a future policy framework for Scottish agriculture following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Beyond Brexit: A policy Framework for Scottish Agriculture

Beyond Brexit: A Future Trading Framework for Scottish Agriculture

General Information

31 August 2016 - In response to various inquiries that are underway by committees of politicians in the Scottish and Westminster parliaments, NFU Scotland has published the attached response. The paper adds further detail to the Union’s ’10 Commitments’ document that it published immediately after the referendum, and sets out some of the key challenges for governments and decision-makers for the coming months. This paper will be revisited and updated as the situation matures.

14 July - Brexit - Scotland’s Agriculture and Food Trade Flows -
NFU Scotland continues to produce a series of Briefings for members in the immediate aftermath of the referendum outcome.  These Briefings have to date related to payments, compliance, etc., and possible policy and trading options that might be negotiated following the UK Government triggering Article 50.  Click here to view the full document

30 June 2016 - The UK’s Withdrawal from The European Union – The Potential Implications for Agricultural Policy and Agri-Food Trade.  Read Director of Policy Jonnie Hall’s initial assessment at:

28 June 2016 – CAP Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 Payments and the EU Referendum.  Read Director of Policy Jonnie Hall thoughts on what the vote means with regards to support payments from 2016 to 2020 at:

Sector Information

6 July 2016 - Brexit, Possible Impact on the Dairy Sector – Milk Policy Manager starts to examine the concerns and opportunities for dairy (Member only – to read this document, members can log in to the members’ section of the website)

Other information - AHDB Horizon Papers

17 January 2017 - AHDB has produced a series of documents looking at the potential impact of Brexit on specific sectors.

7 December 2016 - Post-Brexit protection on Horizon for iconic Scottish produce. Scotch beef, Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar and Scottish Wild Salmon may still get EU protection from imitations – provided we do the same for European products. That’s according to the latest Horizon publication, which examines the impact Brexit may have on the industry in terms of products of Geographical Indication (GI) It analyses how leaving the EU will impact on the UK’s ability to designate foodstuffs under the three existing EU GI schemes, which were set up so producers could differentiate their products and improve their competitiveness and profitability.

21 September 2016 - The potential reduction in migrant labour post-Brexit may catalyse structural change in the agricultural and horticultural sectors. That is the conclusion of AHDB’s latest edition of Horizon, which looks at the impact of a UK exit from the EU on the agricultural labour force, notably, the industry’s current reliance on labour from overseas.   It analyses the reasons why the UK agricultural industry has increasingly drawn on EU migrant labour and what effect any future restrictions on the free movement of people may have.

9 August 2016 - In the latest edition of Horizon, from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), different models of agricultural support from specific countries around the world are examined and their impact on the industry evaluated.

8 July 2016 - The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has released the first in a series of articles looking at the potential implications for the industry of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The first piece of analysis in the new ‘Horizon’ series examines five possible trading relationships between the UK and the EU post-Brexit. Read it at:


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