Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminister, said the British government’s proposed free-trade deal with Australia will spell ruin for Scottish crofters and farmers.
He said: “This deal would be the final nail in the coffin for many Scottish crofters and farmers. It will end a way of life that has endured for generations.”
Mr Blackford added that he knows many Tory MP agrees with this view.
The prime minister responded by saying that the SNP’s position was overblown. “I think he is grossly underestimating the ability of people of this country to make the most of free trade,” he said.
Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster, says as a member of a crofting community in Scotland, he knows how disastrous a trade deal with Australia offering tariff-free access to lamb and beef. Will the PM rule this out?
Johnson says Blackford “grossly underestimates” the ability of Scottish farmers to benefit from the opportunities of a trade deal.
Blackford says Johnson’s answer was pathetic. He would not give a straight answer. He says NFU Scotland said Scottish farmers would feel betrayed. Will the PM think again?
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