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Prepare for Brexit

NFU Scotland believes that finding a deal on the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU is absolutely vital.


However, it is important that businesses prepare in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal and NFU Scotland strongly encourages members to do so.


NFU Scotland has brought together all the available guidance from governments and industry in our Prepare for No Deal document.


Read and download the document here


If you have any questions that are not answered in this document, get in touch with us on 0131 472 4182 or brexit@nfus.org.uk.


No Deal Tariffs - A Bad Deal for Agriculture

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the EU will apply World Trade Organization (WTO) tariffs on exported produce coming out of the UK. The UK will need to set its own schedule of tariffs with the WTO on imported produce coming in to the UK. A draft of this schedule has been published by UK Government.

It is the strong position of NFU Scotland and the other UK farming unions that the import tariff schedule will be hugely damaging to UK agriculture, by:

  • Setting a low or zero tariff rate on the importation of key agricultural products, like cereals, eggs, pork, fruit and veg and some dairy produce - placing producers at a significant disadvantage and undermining any efforts to negotiate new trade arrangements.
  • Potentially undermining Scotland’s world-leading production standards across all sectors by handing unlimited access to our markets to competitors from third countries who produce to standards that would be illegal in the UK.
  • Expose even those sectors which have some level of tariff protection, such as beef and lamb, by uneven application of import and export tariffs - also exposing these sectors to unfair competition.

NFU Scotland is lobbying at the highest levels for the proposed schedule to be revised.

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