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Farming industry calls for commitments on post-Brexit transition

Fourteen farming organisations have come together to issue a joint statement on UK Government to provide short-term certainty for the industry as exiting the European and the Common Agricultural Policy draws closer. 

The 14 organisations say Governments across the UK need to work together with the farmers and land managers to prepare for a new long-standing free trade agreement which retains and grows opportunities for food trade with the EU and the rest of the world. They also call for commitments on transition that will see the UK remain in the Customs until a full free trade agreement is in place with the EU.

David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “It is vital that the unique interests of Scottish agriculture are taken account of during Brexit negotiations and we would urge the UK Government and the devolved administrations to work together to deliver a new farming landscape that delivers for all.

“Scottish Land & Estates has been clear that there is a need for the sector in Scotland to change over the next decade and beyond, especially in the drive to increase business resilience, but that needs to be accompanied by a gradual transition in terms of our support framework as we leave the EU. There should be no cliff-edge, and that means ensuring in the industry has access to the support, labour and trade markets required to ensure our farming sector remains a world leader.”

The Statement in full is available at the bottom of the page.

The third Industry Roundtable took place on 27 July 2017, chaired by Minette Batters, Deputy President of the NFU and hosted at the CLA Offices in London. 

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