The National Farmers' Union Scotland (NFUS) election manifesto has been backed today by Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael. The manifesto sets out ten priorities for a future government regarding farming, including avoiding a no-deal Brexit scenario, equitable international trading standards and cooperation on climate change and animal welfare issues.
Mr. Carmichael said:
"I have been glad to work closely with the NFUS for many years and I am equally glad to back their manifesto today. These commitments are a clear and effective blueprint for any government to follow.
"Since the Brexit vote in 2016 our farmers and crofters have had to live with massive uncertainty. There has been little clarity about what form future support payments will take and how they will be managed as the UK and Scottish governments have played political football with the industry. It is deeply concerning that almost half of Scottish farmers are experiencing negative impacts from Brexit already.
The threat of a no deal Brexit remains very much alive in Boris Johnson’s deal. If we do not have a completed trade agreement by December 31st 2020 then we shall have to pay tariffs as high as 84% when we export our lamb, beef and other food products into our crucially important European markets."
"It is worth highlighting Scottish farmers' leadership on climate change and animal welfare issues. The work they continue to do to manage land and livestock sustainably is yet another reason to back our farmers and crofters. We must secure them a profitable, productive and positive future."