Hear the news about Brexit at Brechin

Mairi Evans
Mairi Evans

The Scottish Rural Parliament is meeting in Brechin Community Campus from Thursday to Saturday, October 6 to 8.

One of Saturday’s events will be a public meeting from 9.15 to 10.45am at the theatre in the campus, at which a panel will discuss the impact on rural Scotland of leaving the EU.

The panel will be chaired by Ruth Wishart and its members will comprise local councillor and MSP Mairi Evans, NFUS representative Gerald Banks, Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald and Conservative and Unionist Party MSP Peter Chapman.

The panel will debate the potential impacts on rural areas in Scotland of leaving the EU, and what communities and businesses can do to prepare.

National coordinator for the Rural Parliament Emma Cooper said: “The Brexit negotiations are a period of uncertainty for rural communities and businesses and it is important that we are prepared to clearly state our needs as the negotiations develop.

“Leaving the EU brings challenges, and rural areas are particularly concerned about the protection of vital funding streams, but it also brings opportunities. We believe it is important for rural communities to start exploring these immediately and the panel therefore forms an important part of the Rural Parliament discussion.”

People wishing to attend can just turn up on the day and should be seated by 9am.

If you would like to ask a question to the panel, you can submit it in advance on the Scottish Rural Parliament Facebook page or by going to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SRP16Brexit