Agri­cul­ture ‘off to a good start’

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LAST week, The Queen out­lined her Gov­ern­ment’s host of pro­posed new laws and plans for a ‘smooth and or­derly’ de­par­ture from the EU. of note for the coun­try­side is an Agri­cul­ture Bill, one of eight—out of a to­tal of 27 pro­posed—that re­late to Brexit. The Bill, which has not yet been fully out­lined, will fo­cus on sup­port for farm­ers once the UK is out of the Com­mon Agri­cul­tural Pol­icy and the NFU is call­ing it a ‘once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion op­por­tu­nity to en­hance and pro­mote Bri­tish farm­ing’.

‘The Re­peal Bill will be a long and com­plex process to fit EU law into UK law,’ says NFU Pres­i­dent Meurig Ray­mond. ‘Work­ing closely with the new sec­re­tary of state for de­fra and his min­is­te­rial team will be es­sen­tial and this is al­ready off to a good start. How­ever, we’ll also need the sup­port of the whole Par­lia­ment if Bri­tish farm­ing is to have a prof­itable future in a post-brexit world.’

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