Seven pillars of farmers’ post-Brexit proposals

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has revealed the seven proposals it believes will equip farmers to face an economic future outside of the EU.

After an extraordinary council meeting today (July 1), the union arrived at principles that would “form the basis for the biggest farming consultation in England & Wales for a generation”. Those were the words of NFU president Meurig Raymond, launching discussions on the ideas.

“Currently there are lots of uncertainties for farming – trade agreements, labour, financial support, legislation are all up in the air – but the NFU is committed to providing this industry with leadership,” said Raymond.

“I urge all NFU members to get involved in this consultation over the coming months and that non-members should join the NFU to ensure their voice is heard.  With this consultation, we can be sure that the policy we push for will have the backing of the farming sector at large.

“The contribution of this country’s farming and food industry to the economy and to food security should be taken extremely seriously by the UK government.

“We need a policy that ensures a profitable, productive and sustainable future for British farming. The NFU’s influence, with the backing of its membership, is paramount in this.”

The seven principles

  • Get the best access to European markets
  • Continue international trade agreements – the UK has more than 50
  • Establish the access the UK would give to imports, maintaining strict standards
  • Set up a student agricultural workers scheme, open to students across the world
  • Secure guarantees that support for farmers matches that within the EU
  • Build a rural development policy to grow competitiveness, devising better agri-environmental schemes
  • Ensure product approval laws are proportionate and based on sound science

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