January 9, 2020

On Wednesday 08 January the Scottish Parliament rejected the UK Government’s flawed Brexit Bill, which the SNP warns will “throw the constitution into crisis.”

Meanwhile, at Westminster, the SNP tabled a reasoned amendment that opposes the Withdrawal Agreement on the grounds that:

· The Scottish Parliament has not consented to those parts of the B...

July 11, 2019

Ayrshire New Potatoes, also known as Ayrshire Earlies because they are traditionally harvested early in the year, have been registered as a Protected Geographic Indication (PGI) by the European Union, thanks to a successful application by Girvan Early Growers.

This status offers extra protection against unauthorised imitation of Ayrshire Earlies,...

July 10, 2019

Scotland-based clean energy solutions provider Logan Energy has been selected as the hydrogen technology partner for the €3.6 million (£3.24 million) EU funded SEAFUEL project on Tenerife, which aims to demonstrate the sustainable integration of renewable fuels into transportation.

Logan Energy has been tasked with designing and building a h...

July 4, 2019

In the 2014-2020 funding programme, North Ayrshire has been directly allocated £5,925,755 from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which together make up the European Structural and Investment Funds and are managed in Scotland by the SNP Government.

North Ayrshire Council (NAC) is receiving £3,959,133...

July 2, 2019

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP has written to UK Secretary of State Michael Gove MP to express his disappointment over the lack of co-operation in a review of how £190 million of EU Convergence Payments to farmers was allocated back in 2013. The UK Tory Government received these monies to pass on to Scottish farmers, to bring their per...

June 26, 2019

At Portfolio Questions on Wednesday, Kenneth asked Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee MSP whether the SNP Government had received any clarity from the UK Government on its plans for replacing European Structural Funds with the Shared Prosperity Fund post-Brexit.

In his response, the Minister expressed his concern that the UK...

May 15, 2019

Scotland’s thriving food and drink sector has been put at risk by the looming threat of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, which would see crippling tariffs placed on our exports to the European Union (EU).

Working within the European Union’s (EU) policy and trading framework for over 40 years, farming and processing industries have structured themselves regard...

April 26, 2019

On Wednesday Kenneth ask the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, Graeme Dey MSP, what impact Brexit is anticipated to have on the supply of skilled labour, whether EU workers will be disproportionately affected, which sectors are most likely to be adversely affected, and what the resulting effect will be on economic growth. 

Mr De...

April 18, 2019

Continued opportunities for EU citizens to live and work in Scotland are essential to rural, island and coastal Scotland’s continued success and sustainability, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP has reiterated.

Approximately 5.2% of Scotland’s total workforce is made up of EU migrants, with the rural economy particularly reliant on people...

March 20, 2019

Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Payments worth more than a third of a billion pounds will continue, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP has announced.

In the coming months, eligible farmers, crofters and land managers will receive their 2018 Common Agricultural Policy Pillar 1 entitlement, with around 78% of eligible claimants having alread...

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