Farming unions echo calls for funding assurances

Monday, 23 November, 2020

‘Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish farmers and their respective rural economies must not be the losers from a battle over funding between devolved governments and Westminster.’

That was the strong and unequivocal message from NFU Cymru, NFU Scotland and the Ulster Farmers’ Union in response to a joint statement made by the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Ministers of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland this afternoon.

The statement follows a joint letter from the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish Agriculture and Rural Affairs Ministers to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice MP. In their letter, the trio call for assurances from UK Government that all lost EU funding will be fully replaced to provide certainty to the rural economies of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.