Agriculture ‘off to a good start’
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.’