NFUS has reacted to the collapse of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks
following irreconcilable differences between the major nations.
NFUS Chief Executive Andy Robertson said:
“The collapse of the WTO talks comes as no real surprise. It is unlikely
we will see negotiations begin again this autumn and it is not inconceivable
that meaningful WTO discussion could be years away now.
“Last week in Brussels, I urged Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson
not to make further concessions to the US and others without getting anything
back in return. From a Scottish perspective, there is therefore relief that
the EU held its ground and we didn't see the agriculture industry sacrificed
to get a wider trade deal agreed.
“The fact remains that the EU has gone a long way down the road of
agricultural reform, whilst the US has dragged its heels and actually taken
some backward steps.
“Whilst the view in Brussels was that some form of deal would be better
than no deal, it would have been completely unacceptable for the EU to commit
to major reform steps when the US have been so reluctant to reciprocate.
“It would be worth our own UK Government taking a leaf out of the
European Commission's book. It must realise that we don't just operate in
an EU market - we are in a global economy. The cries from Downing Street
for further, unilateral and radical CAP reform would be catastrophic for
farmers in Scotland, the rest of the UK and across Europe without insisting
that the rest of the world moves in the same direction.”
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