Luke Graham is launching a new campaign to cement our party as the undisputed champions of rural Scotland. While the SNP talk a good game when it comes to standing up for our farming, agriculture and rural sectors across Scotland, it is only the Scottish Conservatives and Unionists who will deliver lasting and tangible benefits.
On agriculture, the SNP administration has refused to join the rest of the UK on the Agriculture Bill. The legislation allows for Wales and Northern Ireland, as devolved administrations, to develop their own support systems to replace the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, under UK-wide frameworks.
SNP MPs have refused to confirm what Scottish agricultural policy will look like after we leave the European Union, and when Scottish farmers can expect to know what it will look like. Playing party politics and failing to act has left our farmers in the dark. We're fighting for our farmers and the Scottish Conservatives have been calling on the SNP to publish their plans for agricultural policy post-Brexit for months but, so far, the SNP have failed to give any detail or any time scale of when to expect an agricultural bill for Scotland. At present, provision for farmers is secured until December 2020.