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Foot and mouth restrictions lifted in Scotland

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All movement restrictions in Scotland imposed as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak in the south of England will be lifted from midnight.

Richard Lochhead (SNP), cabinet secretary for rural affairs and the environment, said: "This is very good news as it frees our vital livestock industry from most of the shackles which have held it back for more than two months.

"The legacy of this outbreak is a massive crisis in Scotland and this must be addressed by the UK government".

UK refutes 'financial responsibility'

Talks with the UK agriculture secretary Hilary Benn failed to agree who was financially responsible for the impact on farming in Scotland - more talks are planned.

Mr Lochhead said: "It is disappointing that the UK government remains firm in the view that it does not hold financial responsibility for the measures we have implemented in Scotland.

"Through no fault of their own, thousands of Scottish families in the farming and livestock sector have suffered two months of anguish and uncertainty. For many, it has been a gruelling emotional and financial trauma, but they have shown great patience and resilience throughout."

Mr Lochhead added: "This call for the UK government to act has unprecedented support not only from our farming and rural communities, but across political divides and from wider society."

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