Independence ‘benefits’

IF Scotland votes for independence, farmers could get a better deal through the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.

So SNP Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead told a meeting organised by Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce at Cardrona Hotel, Peebles last week.

He blamed Scotland’s poor payments positioning on the UK government not negotiating properly on the country’s behalf.

Other rural issues such as broadband, mobile phone reception, the renewable energy grid and the price of fuel would be dealt with in Scotland if the country voted for independence.