Scottish Parliament provides short-term stability for farming

Press Release

New legislation will provide short-term clarity for those working in the rural sector as we approach an uncertain future out of the EU, says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the organisation which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses.

Following the passing of the Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 26 August, SLE says that this short-term piece of legislation will allow some stability in the sector as we navigate our way outside of the EU, however it remains vital that progress is made on a longer-term plan for Scottish agriculture.

Eleanor Kay, Policy Adviser at Scottish Land & Estates, said:

“We fully support the Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill and the vital role it will play in providing support for Scotland’s farmers and land managers.”

“Over the course of this Bill there has been a number of welcomed changes which have strengthened this piece of legislation, such as the introduction of a sunset clause to ensure these short-term measures can’t be used longer than necessary and the introduction of a duty to report on progress towards a longer-term agricultural policy for Scotland. We were one of the organisations strongly supporting these changes, but we do feel the Bill could have considered more longer-term solutions.

“The passionate final debate for this Bill demonstrates the wide range of voices who have a stake in Scottish agriculture, and this piece of legislation represents the first step towards creating a future agriculture policy which suits Scotland’s unique situation.

“Our #Route2050 policy paper proposes a future for Scottish agriculture which is vibrant, resilient and delivers for the whole of Scotland, and we look forward to working alongside fellow stakeholders, politicians and the Scottish Government to develop a long-term policy which helps rural Scotland thrive.”