Ona Ramsay, Better Together Aberdeen

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“What keeps me going is getting that vote out. That is absolutely crucial. Between now and September that’s it, getting that vote out. It’s just important for people: we’ve got that right, we can vote, for them to get out to those polls and vote. And for me, hopefully vote no.”

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Neale McQuistin, Farming For Yes, at the Royal Highland Show

Neale McQuistin, Farming For Yes, at the Royal Highland Show

“I’m not by nature a political animal, and if you asked me even two years ago if I’d be here at the Royal Highland Show giving out leaflets and talking to people in this sort of political environment, I’d have been very surprised. But somehow it just feels right to get involved in this one issue, and to do the best I can to try and get the right result. I’m not a political animal, I’m just somebody who believes that independence will be good for Scotland.”

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Alex Allison, Rural Together, at the Royal Highland Show

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“The UK is our marketplace. We sell far more of our produce into the UK than the rest of the UK put together. In the beef industry, yes we sell as much as we can under the Scotch label, but most of our beef that’s produced goes out under a UK label and goes down to the English market, where it is still considered a home product – whereas the likes of beef coming from Ireland is considered an import. If we lose our membership of the United Kingdom, we are then on the same footing as the Republic of Ireland, and we would be an outside country importing into England which is still possible, but the Irish get 50p a kilo less at the farmgate for their beef. That in itself I think is a big enough reason. The lamb markets exactly the same. Why would you want to cut off 90% of your home market?”

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Heather Anderson, Farming For Yes, at the Royal Highland Show

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“Scottish agriculture is in a very different situation than English agriculture. We’ve got 85% Less Favoured Areas, so if we want to support farming in Scotland we need help and support to maintain hill farms and all the rest. England are totally opposed to subsidy, and they’re wanting to change the way farming is managed… At the moment at the negotiating table [in Brussels] we’re being represented by people who don’t understand how food is being produced in Scotland, and what matters to us. The Westminster government have negotiated us to the bottom of the league table.”

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