UK Government accused of abandoning Scottish farmers over Brexit

Aberdeen Journals Ltd | February 12, 2019

The UK Government has been accused of abandoning Scottish farmers over Brexit after the EU offered extra support for Irish agriculture if there’s no deal. The accusation was made by SNP Rural Affairs spokeswoman Deidre Brock after EC President Jean Claude Junker promised last week that the EU would give Irish farmers extra cash if the UK crashed out of the bloc. Ms Brock said: “The EU will support Irish farmers to avoid the worst effects of a no-deal Brexit and there is nothing similar being offered to Scottish farmers by the UK government.

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On June 30, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN Act) into law without a pen. Instead, he used an electronic signature. This ground-breaking law addresses e-signatures as well as electronic records, both of which are commonly used in commerce today. An e-signature was granted the same status as a written signature under the terms of this legislation; however, it is important to note that simply placing a symbol on a document does not, in and of itself, create an enforceable contract.

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On June 30, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN Act) into law without a pen. Instead, he used an electronic signature. This ground-breaking law addresses e-signatures as well as electronic records, both of which are commonly used in commerce today. An e-signature was granted the same status as a written signature under the terms of this legislation; however, it is important to note that simply placing a symbol on a document does not, in and of itself, create an enforceable contract.

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