Stay­ing in EU would ben­e­fit farm­ers – Rus­sell

The Oban Times - - Farming -

THE SCOT­TISH Par­lia­ment has over­whelm­ingly backed the case for the UK to re­main in the EU – and this would have ad­van­tages for ru­ral Scot­land, ac­cord­ing to Michael Rus­sell MSP.

The mem­ber for Ar­gyll and Bute urged peo­ple in the re­gion to vote for Scot­land to stay in the EU at the ref­er­en­dum on June 23. His plea fol­lowed a vote by the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, which saw a mo­tion back­ing ‘Scot­land and the rest of the UK re­main­ing part of the EU’ suc­ceed by 106 votes to eight.

In a state­ment, Mr Rus­sell pointed out that Scot­land will re­ceive £4.6 bil­lion to im­ple­ment the Com­mon Agri­cul­tural Pol­icy (CAP) in Scot­land un­til 2020 – with £ 3.7 bil­lion go­ing di­rect to farm­ers.

Mr Rus­sell said: ‘ With only three weeks to go un­til the polls open for the EU ref­eren- dum, it is vi­tal that we speak up and speak out about the many ways in which the EU ben­e­fits ru­ral Scot­land.

‘I was de­lighted to do so last week in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment and to make a strong, positive case for re­main­ing a mem­ber – a case based on the dif­fer­ence of the cur­rent in­cor­po­rat­ing union in which we live and the con­fed­eral one which al­lows small coun­tries to pool their sovereignty in the EU for the ben­e­fit of their ci­ti­zens.

‘Europe is of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance to our ru­ral sec­tor, which is sup­ported with £4.6 bil­lion of fund­ing through the Com­mon Agri­cul­tural Pol­icy with £ 3.7 bil­lion worth of pay­ments go­ing to farm­ers. And, with ac­cess to a sin­gle mar­ket of 500 mil­lion, our food and drink sec­tor has in­com­pa­ra­ble trad­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘Free move­ment also makes it eas­ier for tourists from the rest of the EU to come to Scot­land, with to­tal visi­tor spend from the rest of the EU to­talling £ 800 mil­lion an­nu­ally. In ad­di­tion, mem­ber­ship al­lows peo­ple with much-needed skills to come and con­trib­ute to our com­mu­ni­ties and econ­omy.

‘Given the clear ben­e­fits of EU mem­ber­ship for ru­ral Scot­land, I would urge peo­ple in Ar­gyll and Bute to join the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment in vot­ing to en­sure that Scot­land and the UK re­mains part of the Euro­pean Union.’

06_ a18hus­tings_ rus- Michael Rus­sell.

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