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16 May 2018 14:13:45 |Finance,Government,News

Scottish govt commits to publish post-Brexit farm support proposals


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commits to detail proposals on ensuring a smooth transition in farming support

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commits to detail proposals on ensuring a smooth transition in farming support

The Scottish government has committed to publish proposals on ensuring a smooth transition in farming support as the UK leaves the EU.
In a list of measures outlined to support and invest in the rural economy once the UK leaves the EU, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a commitment to publish details on post-Brexit farming support.
It follows news of the Welsh government's commitment to a "gradual and multi-year transition" from existing farm support to new schemes post-Brexit.
Ms Sturgon, who spoke to an audience at the 20th National Economic Forum in Dumfries earlier this week, said the government will also establish a Scottish Rural Parliament for 2018.
Every two years, the Scottish Rural Parliament brings together around 400 people from across rural communities for a three-day event.
Other steps announced by Ms Sturgeon include appointing a Council of Rural Advisers and implementing the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband scheme.
The First Minister told the Forum that 97% of Scotland's land mass is classed as rural, and rural communities make a "massive contribution" to the economy.
“Scotland – including rural Scotland – has huge economic strengths and potential. Brexit makes it more important than ever that we build on those, which is why we must ensure the specific consequences of Brexit for rural communities are identified and addressed," Ms Sturgeon said.
“By investing in innovation and infrastructure and providing the right support for business we can help rural Scotland to build on its strengths, overcome challenges such as Brexit and seize new opportunities.
“All of these steps will support the rural economy, and in turn drive Scotland forward.”




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