SNP failing to prepare our farmers for post-Brexit

Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has criticised the SNP after it has emerged they have failed to outline how they plan to support the farming sector following Brexit.

Despite assurances from the UK Government that farm payments will continue at their current level until 2022, the SNP Government have failed to plan for the future as to how they will shape the farming industry when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

Mr Mundell says this is a clear dereliction of duty from the SNP Government to farmers across Dumfriesshire and there must be urgent answers given as to why no modelling has been carried out.

Commenting Oliver Mundell MSP said: "I find it astonishing the SNP Government have failed to carry out any plans as to how they will support our farmers across our rural communities like Dumfriesshire, when they have talked so loudly about agriculture powers coming back to Scotland.

"Our farmers have been continually let down by the SNP Government in recent years when it comes to payments and this is yet another dereliction of duty to the farming industry.

"Many farmers in Dumfriesshire are in favour of a new payment system once we leave Brexit which will give them gave greater support suited to their needs than has been the case inside the European Union.

"However, we must get clarity from the SNP on how they plan to support our rural communities going forward; to fail to do is another failure from the SNP on agriculture."