As many as six former NFU Scotland presidents, nine former vice-presidents and an ex-chairman of Quality Meat Scotland are to nail their colours to the mast for the No campaign in the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September.
Less than a week after the Yes campaign lined up four ex-NFUS presidents to back the independence cause, the Rural Better Together leader, George Lyon will reveal the names of the former farming leaders at a press conference in Stirling on Tuesday (19 August).
Mr Lyon, NFUS president in the late 1990s and also a former MEP, said his team had been inundated by phone calls from farmers and food processors who were angry about comments made by the ex-leaders at last week’s Yes event launch.
“People said it was an outrage that these people claimed to know what was best for Scottish farming,” he said.
“And they were queuing up to come along to support any event we were holding. We’ve heard the minority opinion, and now the industry will hear the majority view.”
At last week’s launch Mr Lyon was savaged by Jim Walker, another ex-NFUS president, for having no experience of dealing with Europe from a farming representatives point of view.
Mr Lyon said he would respond to those comments at the press conference.