A controversial dual-country “belt and braces” approach to new farm legislation has been demanded by Scotland’s farmers’ union.
UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove has suggested “forces” in the Holyrood government are playing politics with plans to support farmers post-Brexit.
Scotland’s Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has accused the UK Government of being intent on stopping direct support payments to farmers “just as quickly as they can get away with it”.
A series of amendments to the UK Government’s Agriculture Bill have been published by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.
Michael Gove has insisted a “slow hand” is better than a “rough wooing” when it comes to introducing post-Brexit plans for agriculture.
Farmers in England are to be given seven years to adapt to life without the direct support they have relied on from Europe for almost 50 years.
Agriculture will remain devolved to the Scottish Government after Brexit, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has said.