No deal will hit countryside
In the New Year, we will begin to see the implications of how the political chaos surrounding the proposed Withdrawal Agreement will affect farming, land management and rural businesses.
A no deal Brexit would be disastrous for the countryside. At the CLA, we will do all we can to avert this eventuality but it is imperative that the industry, our supply chains and the government come together to put emergency plans in place.
It is a priority to ensure once transition begins in 2021, that a funding black hole does not appear as the Basic Payment System (BPS) is gradually withdrawn.
Another high priority in the year ahead is how the farm productivity proposals in the Agriculture Bill are rolled out. I am confident that with advice and input from the CLA, the government can set out a suite of measures that farms can tap into. I am less certain that ministers are pressing for a sufficient budget.
CLA President and farmer