Con­cern over farmer sub­sidy changes

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - INTERVIEW -

SCOT­TISH sheep farm­ers would lose out on £1.75bn of sub­si­dies un­der plans backed by an in­flu­en­tial EU group, new analysis sug­gests.

A pa­per by the Brus­sels­based New Di­rec­tion think-tank says farm­ers north of the Bor­der should not be ad­van­taged by any sys­tem that re­places the EU’s Com­mon Agri­cul­tural Pol­icy.

The think-tank re­port says: “It would not, for ex­am­ple, be ac­cept­able for the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment to give sig­nif­i­cant sub­si­dies to sheep farm­ers in Scot­land which are not avail­able to sheep farm­ers in Eng­land or Wales so al­low­ing Scot­tish sheep prices un­fairly to un­der­cut other sheep farm­ers across the whole UK mar­ket.”

It fol­lows de facto Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Damian Green’s state­ment this week that the UK Govern­ment wants to take charge of the over­all farm­ing frame­work once Bri­tain has left the EU.

This is de­spite agri­cul­ture be­ing de­volved to Holy­rood.

In­de­pen­dent analysis by the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment says Scot­land would lose out on £1.75bn in sub­si­dies if CAP fund­ing is re­placed by UK-wide per capita fund­ing be­cause it has a much higher con­cen­tra­tion of farm­ers and crofters.

SNP High­lands and Islands MSP Ma­ree Todd said: “While the Scot­tish Govern­ment is not op­posed in prin­ci­ple to agree­ing UK-wide frame­works where pow­ers are re­turn­ing from Brus­sels, that must be by mu­tual agree­ment.”

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