Scottish Government comment - National Council of Rural Advisers

Commenting on the publication of the National Council of Rural Advisers interim report on the potential implications for Rural Scotland of the UK leaving the EU, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:


Wed, 29 Nov 2017


Scottish Government

“This report makes clear the fundamental and significant role played by EU membership in the economic well-being of Scotland’s rural economy. It enables unfettered access to the world’s largest Single Market, enables the free movement of workers who are vital to many sectors of the rural economy, and provides some £5 billion to our communities between 2014-2020; all of which is at risk from a hard Brexit.

“In establishing this National Council, the first task I gave its members was to provide advice for government on the potential implications of Scotland leaving the EU as part of the UK. I appreciate hugely the thoughtfulness and diligence with which they have responded to this initial task in a short timescale and welcome the comprehensive analysis and recommendations they have provided. I want to thank the co-chairs Lorne Crerar and Alison Milne, and indeed, all of the Rural Advisers, for their work.

“What their report makes clear is the scale of the challenge and the enormity of the threat posed by Brexit to Scotland’s rural economy. But they also indicate clear priorities for action as we discuss with the UK Government and other devolved administrations how best to protect rural Scotland’s interests. I will now consider the recommendations carefully and set out how we might respond and take them forward in due course.”


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