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Key questions for rural Scotland policymakers post-Brexit

There are ten key questions following Brexit that policymakers for rural Scotland must ask themselves.

This is according to a new booklet produced by the Rural Policy Centre at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University.

The booklet, entitled After Brexit: 10 Key Questions for Rural Policy in Scotland, was launched on 29 May at the Scottish Land & Estates annual conference at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.

Trade, governance, land use and digital connectivity are among the topics under consideration in the publication, which has been created to highlight the unique challenges facing rural Scotland following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.

The questions include:

  • Under the devolved Scottish Government, how can policymakers best contribute to the creation of a new vision for rural Scotland?
  • Would a more formal system of land use planning ensure better outcomes for Scotland’s rural economy after Brexit?
  • How can the supply of public goods be maintained?
  • How can we ensure that rural areas in Scotland are effectively digitally connected after Brexit? 

Dr Jane Atterton, Manager of SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre, said: “As a result of Brexit, Scotland has the opportunity to devise a fresh vision for the future of its rural areas and to design new policies to deliver that vision to the benefit of both rural and urban Scotland. This vision must take into account the unique characteristics, challenges and opportunities facing Scotland’s rural economies and communities, many of which we discuss in this document, including future governance arrangements, the need to ensure that everyone is digitally connected, tackling persistent disadvantage and maximising the benefits of rural-urban linkages. This booklet asks key questions and provides essential food for thought for those responsible for leading Scotland’s rural policy following Brexit.”

Sally Shortall, Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy at Newcastle University, said: “The Centre for Rural Economy is pleased to have worked with the Rural Policy Centre at SRUC on this document – part of a series of ‘10 Key Questions for Rural Policy’ documents developed by the Centre for Rural Economy. We collaborated with colleagues from all parts of the UK, enabling us to build up a picture of the similarities and differences in rural challenges and opportunities across the country.”

Read 10 Key Questions online.

Paper copies of the report are available from Jane Atterton: jane.atterton@sruc.ac.uk  

Ten key questions after Brexit

published on: 30 May 2018