Scottish Land & Estates has called for a UK-wide Food, Farming and Environment policy with ring-fenced budgets for devolved nations.
The European and External Relations Committee in the Scottish Parliament issued a call for written evidence earlier in the summer and Scottish Land & Estates has responded to highlight that while some will no doubt argue that when we withdraw from the EU, Scotland should simply have the ability to do what it wants in terms of agricultural policy, Scottish Land & Estates takes the viewthat it will be important to have a UK-wide food, farming and environment policy.
We believe that we need a UK-wide food, farming and environment policy in order to avoid internal trade barriers or distortions in the functioning of the UK-wide agricultural system. We must avoid internal barriers whilst allowing constituent nations to forge their own resilient rural economies.
It is critical, therefore, that we establish at the earliest opportunity a formal platform through which Ministers in the constituent parts of the UK can come together and agree the way forward. We need Scottish ministers to be doing everything possible to ensure that rural businesses in Scotland prosper from the new arrangements ahead and this involves our Ministers being at the table fighting for Scottish interests.
The response can be found below