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The implications of Brexit for rural Scotland

Rural landscape

SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre is coordinating work being done by staff across SRUC Research and SAC Consulting to analyse the implications of Brexit for rural Scotland.

On 31st May we hosted a seminar on ‘Scotland’s Rural Policy Options post-2019’ at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh. With over 60 stakeholders in attendance, including several prominent MSPs, this successful seminar was the first in a series of events aimed at exploring the implications of Brexit for rural policy in Scotland. The seminar was led by:

  • Steven Thomson (Senior Agricultural Economist) and Kev Bevan (Senior Consultant in SAC Consulting and Manager of the Farm Accounts Survey team) outlined the different options, and the presentation they delivered can be found here
  • Andrew Moxey from Pareto Consulting then provided a response and further insights, and his accompanying presentation can be found here
  • A briefing from the 31 May seminar can be found here.

The Highlands & Islands Agricultural Support Group (HIASG) recently commissioned Steven Thomson and Andrew Moxey to consider potential economic, social and environmental impacts of Brexit on agriculture, crofting and related land use across the Highlands and Islands. More information on this report can be found here.

A Scottish Government-commissioned report on the trade flows in malting barley and the associated implications of Brexit can be found here.

The wider project will provide information to external stakeholders and SRUC staff on a variety of key issues, including the future of trading relationships, policies and future scenarios for specific agricultural sectors, including dairy, beef and sheep, and for the rural economy and society more broadly.

The project has a number of key tasks, including:

  • Regular ‘Brexit brunch’ meetings for staff across SRUC to update one another and external stakeholders on the latest developments in the Brexit process.
  • Ongoing monitoring of Brexit information across a variety of key themes.
  • Brexit seminars involving external speakers and including stakeholders to provide a forum for discussion of key issues.
  • A series of briefings and newsletter articles exploring challenges, opportunities, future scenarios and trading relationships, and reviewing the situations in other countries to inform the UK’s future position.

More information on the project, and our first written documents, will be available shortly. In the meantime, if you would like any further information about this work, please contact Jane Atterton in the RPC, or 0131 535 4256.

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