Rennie warns of "rough ride" over No Deal threat to Scottish farmers


Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has used a visit to the Border Union show this weekend to warn that Scotland's agricultural producers are in for a "rough ride"

His warning comes after a week in which EU leaders rejected Theresa May's latest customs plan, a move which experts warned could lead to significant delays at the border and the loss of recognition for Scottish products.

Willie Rennie said:

"It’s always fantastic to come to the Borders show and meet so many of the people who make our rural economy tick.

"Unfortunately this year there are clouds looming on the horizon

"Even if Conservative ministers guarantee the value of CAP payments in the short term, crashing out of the EU with no deal would be a rough ride indeed for Scotland's agricultural producers.

“The leave campaign promised time and time again that it would be easy for us to get a deal with the EU that kept the door open for Scottish farmers to sell to their biggest overseas market. Now we are being told that we may be facing queues of lorries at the border as well as shortages of food and medicine.

“This week a new poll showed that a majority of the British public want the final say on the Brexit deal and the opportunity to change course if what is on offer is not good enough." 


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