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July 27, 2016

Rural impact of Brexit

It’s anyone’s guess what the long term impact of Brexit will be. What we can be sure of is that the flow of European funding in all its manifestations is going to dry up.  Over many years, LEADER funding in particular has been a key player in the support of rural communities. This year’s Scottish Rural Parliament will no doubt be debating the impact of its eventual loss amidst many other hot topics from across rural Scotland. Registration for the big gathering, due to be held in Brechin in October, has just opened.



Click here to register to attend

Anyone who lives or works in rural Scotland, or who makes decisions which affect rural Scotland, can attend the Rural Parliament.

“I learned new things, was exposed to new ideas about eliciting information and commitment from people and I enjoyed the buzz that was created at the event and being part of it.”

The event starts with visits to local projects on the Thursday morning, and ends on Friday evening with all of those present agreeing a Manifesto for rural Scotland – a statement of our collective ambitions and needs – followed by a great dinner and entertainment that evening.

The Saturday is open to participants in the Rural Parliament as well as members of the public. There will be a fantastic range of exhibitors, fringe events – which anyone can host, more visits to local projects and an interesting discussion panel. Anyone can book onto one or more of the Saturday events.

“The Rural Parliament has the feel of something with enormous potential. It could become a brilliant opportunity to translate community empowerment into action.”


We do have limited places for the Rural Parliament and so we are asking people to register their interest in attending. We will ensure a good mix of people from the different regions of Scotland and a wide variety of interests and backgrounds are represented. We will confirm places at the event from those who have registered their interest in attending on an ongoing basis and ask you to book visits, workshops and meals etc in due course.