Scottish questions over UK CAP commitment

Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has criticised Liz Truss over her failure to confirm how farm funding will be affected if the UK leaves Europe.

Defra Secretary of State Truss faced tough questions at Friday’s Royal Highland Show but left farmers frustrated.

Mr Lochhead said:

“We now have the clearest indication from a senior UK minister that leaving Europe means an end to agricultural funding in Scotland and the UK. This will set alarm bells ringing on every farm and croft across the country.

“Clearly without the £500 million of direct payments Scotland receives each year from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), many sectors of Scottish farming would implode – especially in our more remote areas.

“It is my belief that the UK Government is determined to stop farm payments. The Defra Secretary’s refusal to commit to such a key pertinent issue that she knew she was going to be asked not only shows there’s no plan B, but suggests that there is likely to be a plan A to cut a lifeline to Scottish agriculture.”

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