The National Farmers’ Union Scotland have challenged incoming British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to follow through on commitments he made to them during the Conservative Party leadership campaign.
In correspondence to NFUS, Mr Johnson said his ambitions for farmers north of the border included a post Brexit trade deal with the European Union which minimises friction, a visa system which ensures the agricultural sector has access to all the workers it needs, and a commitment to address the ongoing frustrations relating to £160m of EU convergence payments intended for Scottish farmers but was instead reallocated by the UK Government to other departments.
In a statement on the Union’s website, President Andrew McCornick said that he would be opening up communications with Mr Johnson once he and his Cabinet are officially appointed:
“Having received significant commitments from Mr Johnson during his campaign, both publicly and privately in writing, we will now be intensifying our engagement with the new PM and his Cabinet once announced.
“We will continue to work closely with our colleagues in the farming unions across the UK to secure an acceptable Brexit deal as time is remarkably short and levels of uncertainty remain daunting.”
Mr McCornick also demanded the 77th UK Prime Minister makes good on his promises and “deliver one of the biggest cash injections ever seen by the industry”:
“NFUS will be demanding that the new regime show the colour of their money, right the historic wrong of the convergence decision and deliver a fair multi-annual and ringfenced funding settlement for Scottish agriculture in the longer term.”
Boris Johnson won the Conservative Party leadership election on Tuesday 23rd July with 92,153 votes to Jeremy Hunt’s 46,656. He is due to be made the British Prime Minister on Wednesday 24th July when Theresa May steps down following her final Prime Minister’s Questions.