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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Cameron must reverse policy on Westminster farming cash grab | Yes Scotland

Farming for Yes have called on the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to use his expected visit to Moffat Show to reverse his policy on Common Agricultural Policy funding and immediately return all of the €223 million “convergence” funding which was due to Scottish farmers, but most of which his Government instead diverted away from Scottish farming.

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Eilidh Whiteford MP for Banff & Buchan: Local MP Welcomes Support for YES Vote from Leading Farming Figures

Eilidh Whiteford MP for Banff & Buchan: Local MP Welcomes Support for YES Vote from Leading Farming Figures | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Banff & Buchan MP and SNP Westminster Agriculture spokesperson Dr Eilidh Whiteford has welcomed the support for a Yes vote from four past Presidents of the National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS).

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Appeal to abandon March date for declaring independence

Appeal to abandon March date for declaring independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
PLANS to declare independence on March 24 2016, if Scotland votes Yes may have to be dropped in case negotiations to join the EU faced delays, a leading pro-European body has warned.
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Do you see what Magnus Gardham did there, readers? The important bit of the European Movement report; the bit that blows apart all the Project Fear scaremongering about Scotland being expelled/excluded from the EU; the bit that says there's unlikely to be any such problems; that bit gets buried in all this nonsense about doing away with the target date for independence.

Nice try, Magnus! But no cigar!

What we have here is yet another authoritative source contradicting the scare stories we get from the UK Government, the British parties and, of course, the disaster zone that is Better Together.

And what of this idea to abandon the March 24 2016 date for independence? I'm sure few of us would be unduly upset if this target was missed by a few weeks. But without a date then what is to prevent negotiations being dragged out interminably? It is difficult to see how having a deadline is "vulnerable to delaying tactics" in a way that not having a deadline isn't. In fact, the argument seems to make no sense at all.

The reality is that it will be in nobody's interest to have protracted negotiations. All parties will be best served by getting matters settled as quickly as possible. And, in any case, independence need not be delayed until every detail is finalised. It is not at all uncommon for negotiations to continue for months and even years after the formal declaration of independence. Having a deadline focuses minds in a way which can only be helpful to the process.

Of course, a story such as this would not be complete without some inanity from the anti-independence mob. Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon does sterling duty in this regard as he bangs on about the "special treatment" that Scotland gets courtesy of being represented in Europe by the UK Government. Farmers in Scotland are all too familiar with that "special treatment".

They recall, for example, the fiasco over coupled payments. And they are unlikely ever to forget EU agriculture funding worth up to around €230 million which was due to Scottish farmers but which the UK Government diverted to farmers elsewhere in the UK.

George Lyon talks of rebates and opt-outs. What he doesn't say is that those rebates were not won, but bought at the cost of regional aid which would have benefited Scotland and other parts of the UK periphery. He doesn't mention the fact that the opt-outs, which are the cause of much resentment in Europe, were sought in order to pander to a political culture markedly different to that which prevails in Scotland. The idea that what's good for London is good for all simply won't wash any more.

It has been estimated that, as part of the UK, Scotland will lose around 1 billion euros from Pillar 1 of CAP between 2014 and 2019. And that is just part of the funding we forfeit because we don't have our own voice in Europe. As in everything else, the claims that we are "Better Together" simply don't stand up to scrutiny.

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Yes vote 'means better farming deal'

Yes vote 'means better farming deal' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Scotland would get a better deal for farmers in the European Union if it was independent, it has been argued.

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Have hope, not fear | The Scottish Farmer

Have hope, not fear | The Scottish Farmer | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

That was the trumpet call from Scottish CabSec Richard Lochhead, who laid out his reasons for farmers to vote 'yes' to independence before a standing-room-only audience in the Government pavilion on the second day of the Highland Show.

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Independence will see Scottish farmers £250m better off

Independence will see Scottish farmers £250m better off | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH farmers have been short changed to the tune of £750 million by being part of the UK and will continue to suffer financially unless the country becomes an independent state.
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Scottish independence would hurt farmers, warns Paice | News | Farmers Guardian

Scottish independence would hurt farmers, warns Paice | News | Farmers Guardian | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead has dismissed claims farmers will be left worse off by independence as ‘scaremongering’.
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Lochhead spells out five key Yes gains for Scotland's farmers

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Scotland’s farming elite urge rural community to get behind the “yes” vote

Scotland’s farming elite urge rural community to get behind the “yes” vote | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Scotland’s farming elite urge rural community to get behind the “yes” vote

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Heavyweights clash in the Stirling sheep ring over independence

Heavyweights clash in the Stirling sheep ring over independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ONLY independence will guarantee Scottish farmers a continued share of European farm subsidies, according to Scotland's deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
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Farmer's poll highlights move towards Yes | Scottish National Party

Farmer's poll highlights move towards Yes | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The SNP today (Friday) welcomed a new poll by The Scottish Farmer showing that 47% of respondents will vote Yes in the Scottish independence referendum.

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Take the high(land) road

Take the high(land) road | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Last week the Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead found himself accused of ‘politicising’ the Royal Highland Show, for hosting a discussion on the potential benefits of independence to the farming community.

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Scotland’s farmers better off by £6000 per year with independence

Scotland’s farmers better off by £6000 per year with independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Delivering his keynote address to SNP conference today, Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, highlighted how if Scotland votes yes to independence, Scottish farmers could be bette...
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Scotland really could be a land of milk and honey

It is all very well our government riding to the rescue - at least, unlike the Tories, they are prepared to do so - when shit happens. But what role does agriculture and food production play in ou...
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