Lochhead guilty of 'jam tomorrow' farming pledge

Commenting on Richard Lochhead’s speech to SNP conference yesterday, Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland George Lyon said:

"The SNP are very fond of accusing others of promising 'jam tomorrow' yet that is exactly what Mr Lochhead is doing here.

"It is yet another baseless assertion. The idea that we need to leave the UK to get an uplift in Scottish farm payments is complete nonsense.

“As soon as Scotland ends historic payments there will need to be an equalization of SFP payments across the UK which could double the size of Scotland’s SFP pot.

“This is a far greater prize than the one offered by the SNP and it comes without having to pay the huge price of losing 55 million consumers from our home market for Scottish food.”