Rural and Environment
Bew review results delayed
Commenting on the apparent delay to the publication of Lord Bew’s recommendations into intra-governmental Common Agricultural Policy funding allocations, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:
“Scotland’s farmers deserve to know the outcome of Lord Bew’s review. The recommendations should not be left to gather dust on a shelf in Whitehall while farmers face the most challenging environment for a generation as a result of an impending no deal Brexit.
“For six years, the Scottish Government has resolutely argued for the rights of Scotland’s farmers, cajoling and urging the UK Government to rectify this historic injustice, which has seen Scottish farmers miss out on up to £160 million of financial support over the last six years.
“This money was intended to provide financial support to our farmers by creating a more level playing field across the EU. The UK only received this money because of Scotland’s farmers and therefore it should be returned to Scotland – with no strings attached – so that we can allocate it to support those who earned it and need it the most.
“Scotland’s farmers have waited long enough. I reiterate that the UK Government should get on with publishing the review’s recommendations and return the monies to Scotland where it was earned.”