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House of Lords Brexit report published

The House of Lords European Union Committee has this week published the findings from its Brexit and Agriculture inquiry.

The report says that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has played a fundamental role in regulating and supporting UK agriculture since the UK joined the then

European Economic Community. It has helped in facilitating free trade in agri-food products within the EU Single Market, while many farmers in the UK— particularly hill farmers—rely on CAP funding to sustain their businesses.

 

Yet the CAP has often been criticised by the industry for being bureaucratic and burdensome, and some believe CAP financial support has been misdirected and ineffective. Brexit thus presents a real opportunity for the UK to review and adopt a policy for food and farming which regulates and supports the agricultural sector effectively, and which is tailored to the UK’s unique farming landscape. However, farmers across the UK will also need time and clarity from Government to make the transition to a new regulatory framework and a new funding system after Brexit.

Read the report here...

 

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