Supporting economic recovery must be the guiding principle for Brexit date

Press Release

Prioritising a smooth exit from the EU, with the right trade deals and legislation in place, is going to be central to ensuring our rural businesses and communities are in as strong a position as possible and will not be put under any unnecessary pressure, Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) has said today.

Following on from today’s announcement by the Scottish Government that they have requested the UK Government extends the Brexit date by 2 years, SLE has said that supporting economic recovery must be the guiding principle for any decision on when the UK leaves the EU.    

Sarah-Jane Laing, Chief Executive, said: “Regardless of when the UK leaves the EU, it is imperative that we focus our attention on making sure we have the right trade deals, legislative framework and support in place for businesses. A strong economy is critical for our rural economies and natural environment.

“No-one could have predicted we would be facing a global pandemic during 2020. Any decision on our Brexit departure must take this into consideration. If Brexit is delayed, we need to see this extra time used wisely to ensure the right measures are put in place to allow rural Scotland to thrive.”