Commenting on the UK Agricultural Bill receiving Royal Assent, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack issued the following statement.

"DELIVERING this vital piece of legislation is the result of hard work and perseverance, ensuring that Scotland flourishes outside of the EU.

The Agriculture Act does not affect areas of agricultural policy that are devolved and we will continue to work together on areas of common interest

As a farmer myself I fully understand the importance of this Act.

Championing farmers from across the UK is at the heart of every trade deal. The UK Government’s values-driven trade policy ensures that our food, animal welfare and environmental standards will not be undermined.

This Act is the biggest change in agricultural policy in 50 years. Decisions are now being taken in the UK instead of being dictated by Brussels. We are able to support our farmers to work more efficiently and also conserve the environment.

The UK Government has also been working to ensure manufacturing processes and brands are being protected. Scotland already benefits from many Geographic Indicators, from Arbroath Smokies to Stornoway black pudding and of course Scotch whisky. New Geographic Indicator logos will guarantee the authenticity for consumers who will know they are buying first class produce.

Agriculture is one of Scotland’s greatest strengths and free trade deals will allow Scottish farmers to compete on a global scale, selling more of their world-leading produce to international markets.

These opportunities bring jobs and investment, whilst also supporting rural communities.

Tariffs, quotas and safeguards will ensure that our agricultural workers are not undercut by unfair competition from those with lower standards.

The UK Government has been clear we will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards.

Chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef are already banned in the UK; this will be retained through the EU Withdrawal Act and enshrined in UK law at the end of the transition period.

We have been listening to the farmers, as well as those of consumers and key environmental and animal welfare groups.

We recently announced we are extending and strengthening the Trade and Agriculture Commission, which includes representatives from Scotland. This places it on a full statutory footing and I was pleased to see this was welcomed by NFUS.

The Commission has already being doing important work speaking to a range of experts. Local farmers, businesses and MPs have also been involved in their roadshows and round-tables.

It has now been given a more active role in providing advice to help scrutinise trade policy, making sure that farmers and consumer interests are advanced and protected.

Food security reports will be published by the UK Government at least once every three years, enabling us to further understand how people access food; from global availability, to the resilience of the supply chain and household spending.

Scottish agriculture has much to look forward to with the tremendous opportunities offered by going global, so that more people around the world can enjoy the best of Scottish produce."