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Settled status scheme


EU citizens will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. The scheme will open by 30 March 2019 with the deadline of applications 30 June 2021.

To apply, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

Read the NFU Scotland business guide update on Settled status for EU citizens and their families by clicking here



Brexit - The State of Play


The Brexit negotiations formally started following the triggering of ‘Article 50’ on 29 March 2017. Under the terms of Article 50, the UK has two years to negotiate its exit from the EU. There are two aspects to the negotiations.

Read the full document here





STEPS TO CHANGE: A New Agricultural Policy For Scotland


Scottish farmers and crofters are the bedrock of Scotland’s booming food and drinks industry, which is a prime mover in our country’s economic prosperity. At the same time, agricultural businesses are key to maintaining and enhancing Scotland’s unique environment and landscapes.

Leaving the European Union presents the first opportunity in over 40 years to overhaul and rebalance Scottish agricultural policy.

NFU Scotland is seeking a bold Scottish agricultural policy which will make Scottish agriculture productive, innovative and, above all, profitable, whilst delivering a wide range of public benefits that are increasingly expected as the co-products of active farming and crofting.

Read the full document here

CHANGE: Why people matter to Scottish farming and food


Agriculture is the keystone of Scotland’s booming food and drink sector, the largest manufacturing sector in Scotland.  A substantial proportion of the agricultural workforce is made up of non-UK nationals, and continued access to this overseas supply of labour is critical.

Non-UK nationals work in essential seasonal and permanent positions to deliver high-quality Scottish produce from field to fork.

NFU Scotland members try to employ local labour as far as possible, using a range of recruitment tools including new social media. However, there are various reasons why NFU Scotland members have found local worker recruitment to be unreliable when compared to workers from overseas.

Read the full document here

Post-Brexit Priorities for Legislative CHANGE

Our objective: To reduce the regulatory burden under which Scottish farmers and crofters currently operate and to develop better approaches to deliver the outcomes society seeks.

The food and farming sector is highly regulated. While farmers recognise that much of this law is necessary, Brexit provides a unique opportunity to review this regulatory environment. As a result, there has been much speculation about what Brexit will mean for the huge number of EU rules and regulations that govern farming in the UK and Scotland.

NFU Scotland has long believed in better regulation that promotes productive agriculture while protecting human health, animal health and welfare, and the environment.

Brexit presents an opportunity to replace elements of EU agricultural regulation that are bureaucratic, ineffective or ill-tailored to farming conditions in the UK and Scotland. We believe that elements can be redesigned or implemented in a better way.

In taking this opportunity it is important that any changes to UK and/or Scottish legislative frameworks are balanced, ensure stability and continuity for farm businesses, and do not result in Scotland’s farmers and crofters being at a competitive disadvantage.

Regulation should always be appropriate, it must be proportionate, evidence-based and as light-touch as possible allowing farmers to do what they do best – provide a safe and affordable supply of food.

We will also need to ensure our regulations do not diverge from those of our trading partners in a way that makes free trade impossible.

Send any comments you have to brexit@nfus.org.uk  Brexit will bring change and we want to hear your views.

Read the full document by clicking here



A New Agricultural Policy For Scotland Post-Brexit - CHANGE - A discussion document

Our vision: For Scottish agriculture to be profitable, innovative and efficient with farmers and crofters securing a fair return from supply chain partnerships allowing less reliance on direct support.

NFU Scotland is the largest representative organisation for farmers and crofters in Scotland and this is our vision for 2027. This discussion document sets out our thoughts on an ambitious strategy and will depend upon the commitment between farmers, crofters, the supply chain and government to succeed. We want your views. The first steps to CHANGE start now.

The negotiations to leave the European Union will undo over 40 years of agricultural policy – presenting significant challenges for everybody living in rural Scotland and working in Scottish agriculture. But the opportunities are also immense. Taking new market opportunities along with a new domestic agricultural policy can move us to a situation where market returns exceed the costs of production and Scottish farmers and crofters are less reliant on direct support. Our target is ambitious, but firmly within our capabilities.

There is much about our industry we can be proud of. The taste and quality of Scotland’s diverse larder reflects the time, effort and care that our farmers and crofters take to produce food. We care about what we produce, the people who produce our food, the communities we underpin and the environment we cherish, as well as our customers.

CHANGE. The opportunity exists to start the process now to develop a different, refreshed system which can create opportunities for the people who rear and grow our food to have a prosperous future, and to contribute even more to Scotland’s success.

Send any comments you have to brexit@nfus.org.uk  Brexit will bring change and we want to hear your views.

Read the full document by clicking here



NFU Scotland General Election 2017 Manifesto

Ahead of the ‘Brexit Election’ on 8 June, NFU Scotland has used its manifesto to call for the next UK Government to deliver a good deal for Scotland’s agriculture, food and drink industries from forthcoming negotiations.

Download or view a  copy of NFU Scotland’s Manifesto: “The ‘Brexit Election’: A Good Deal for Scottish Agriculture, Food and Drink” by clicking here






Beyond Brexit: A Policy Framework for Scottish Agriculture

Beyond Brexit - Policy Framework

The referendum vote to leave the EU has created significant uncertainty in the UK and Scottish food and farming sectors.

A big fear of many farmers and crofters is the combination of fast removal of direct payments, while much if not all existing regulation remains, combined with limited market access and more exposure to cheaper imports.   The very anticipation of this scenario is sufficient justification for government to step in and provide confidence and reassurance to producers.

Leaving the EU, however, gives Scotland a unique opportunity to build a new domestic agricultural and rural policy which is adapted to Scotland’s needs, is targeted at activity and innovation, that is easily understood and is simple to administer.
 
A new policy framework, adequately funded, is now required to enable farmers and crofters to underpin a growing food and drinks sector, whilst recognising and rewarding agriculture’s role in vibrant rural economies, flourishing environments and thriving communities.

Agriculture has a fundamental role to play in Scotland’s future, and we are now at a critical moment in the development of future farming policy – the future of this industry can only be secured by the right policy framework in a post-Brexit era.

This document sets out NFU Scotland’s initial thinking on the policy framework that will be required to secure and maximise agriculture’s unique role in Scotland’s future. 

Beyond Brexit: A Future Trading Framework for Scottish Agriculture

Beyond Brexit: A Future Trading Framework for Scottish AgricultureTrade  is  a  fundamental  issue  for  the  UK  and  Scotland  in  a  post-Brexit  world.  

Leaving a ‘customs union’ has to have a huge impact on trading relations across the UK economy, and Scottish agriculture will neither be exempt nor immune from whatever trading framework emerges following complex negotiations.

Future international trade relationships, both with the European Union (EU) and non-EU countries, will determine Scottish agriculture’s ability to access markets, shape those markets in which Scottish farmers and crofters will need to compete, impact upon production costs, and significantly influence regulatory regimes that will have to be adhered to.

It is also very clear that, whatever the UK’s future trading arrangements are, they will profoundly influence future agricultural and rural policy in Scotland and the supply and movement of much-needed labour requirements for both the agricultural industry and food processing sectors.

Since the EU referendum result, there has been a great deal of speculation about the trading relationship which the UK will seek with the EU. This is a complex area with a wide range of possibilities, and the outcome is not simply a matter of UK choice but will depend on what can be negotiated with the EU.

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