Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today secured commitments from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove that the share of British agricultural payments that will be paid to Scottish farmers after the UK leaves the EU will be retained.
The Cabinet Secretary confirmed publicly for the first time that Scotland would retain at least its existing share. Scotland currently receives 17% of the total UK CAP budget.
Mr Rumbles said:
"I am glad to have secured confirmation from Michael Gove that the UK government will continue to fund the current level of support to Scotland's farming businesses.
"Scotland's farmers needed clarity about what level of funding will be provided to them in the future. For 18 months Fergus Ewing has been saying that he did not have the information necessary to move forward. That has been blown out of the water today.
"Michael Gove confirmed that he told Fergus Ewing months ago both the level of support and its total funding. Fergus Ewing should come before parliament to explain why he has been misleading us for 18 months about his abject failure to design a bespoke system of agricultural support for Scotland."