SNP scaremongering on EU funding allocations is irresponsible

Commenting on SNP claims that Scotland is facing an EU funding cut,George LyonGeorge Lyon Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland George Lyon said:

“Given the tone of some of the comment we have seen on this issue it seems clear that either the SNP don't understand the process of how structural funds are allocated or they are deliberately scaremongering. We are currently at a stage where nothing has been finalised and UK Ministers are working to get a fairer funding deal for Scotland. We will only be able to make precise funding allocations after there has been an agreement with the European Parliament.

“At the recent negotiations on the EU budget, UK Ministers and officials secured a deal that will cut EU spending for the first time. This is something that the SNP supported and structural funding did not seem to be a priority for them when they voted for an EU budget cut at Westminster. The UK government has made clear that the Scottish government will be included as the negotiation process on structural funds continue, as will the other devolved administrations.

“UK Ministers are committed to getting the best deal possible for the United Kingdom as a whole from Brussels. This of course includes Scotland. It is wrong for SNP backbenchers to suggest that the needs of people in areas like the Highlands and Islands are not being represented during negotiations. Raising the prospect of swingeing cuts when nothing has been decided is wholly irresponsible.”