The fractured relationship between London and Scotland was on display again last week as Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom and Rural Economy Minister Fergus Ewing issued wildly different statements about the success of their meeting in Edinburgh.
At NFU conference, Mrs Leadsom said the meeting was a part of Defra’s ‘broad consultation’ with devolved administrations ahead of the long-awaited formal consultation.
Afterwards, she tweeted about the ‘good discussions’ she had in Edinburgh on food, farming and the environment, but Mr Ewing described the conversations as ‘most unsatisfactory’ and said he was given ‘zero answers’.
“European funding and powers are vital to our rural economy and we need urgent and binding guarantees from the UK Government on what will happen after Brexit”, he added.
“Following repeated requests, I have again pressed the Secretary of State for clarity on EU powers passing straight to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“I have also asked the UK Government to guarantee Scotland will continue to receive funding at least at current levels provided from Europe.”
Mr Ewing also said he raised the issues of barrier-free trade with the EU and access to migrant labour at the meeting.