Brexit Could Lead to 21st Century Clearances

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Monday May 14 2018

Rural Scotland could face a Brexit impact likened to “21st century Highland clearances”, according to a new report.

The report, looking at the impact of Brexit on Scottish agriculture, was prepared for the Highlands & Islands Agriculture Support Group.

The report warned that Brexit-induced price reductions and any removal of income support measures could accelerate declining agricultural activity and cause the workforce to shrink.

Douglas Irvine, the chair of the Group, said that the impact of Brexit could leave the Highlands facing 21st century clearances.

Commenting Gail Ross MSP (pictured) said:

"Brexit is going to be the biggest challenge that Scotland’s farming industry has faced for generations – and this new report underlines the scale of the challenge.

"Scottish food and drink has been an enormous success story, and that success has been built on our place in the single market – a market around eight times bigger than the UK’s alone – and on the Common Agricultural Policy.

"It is simply appalling that leaving the EU – and particularly the hard Brexit pursued by the Tories – raises the prospect of abandoned land and a shrinking workforce.

"We simply cannot stand idly by and let this happen – and the SNP are fighting to prevent the worst possible outcome from something Scotland neither voted for nor wants."



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