Farming unions join forces on post-Brexit framework

Leaders of the UK’s farming unions have agreed to work together to call on UK Farming Ministers to work for a common financial framework post-Brexit. 

During the UK Farming Unions’ Brexit Summit in Northern Ireland last week, presidents of the NFU, NFU Scotland, NFU Cymru and the Ulster Farmers’ Union challenged the UK Farming Ministers to establish a “well–funded, refreshed agricultural policy that suits the different farming conditions across the UK and allows farms to prosper”.

A statement said: “Ministers must avoid an abrupt cliff edge for farmers following the exit from the EU. So it’s vital that governments across the UK cooperate to ensure a funding transition from the current CAP to policies best suited to circumstances in different parts of the UK. In doing so each administration must avoid disruptive differences across the UK and between sectors.”

The unions’ presidents proposed a Brexit Summit with their respective Farming Ministers and reaffirmed the importance of their organisations remaining firmly engaged with EU policy development in the run-up to Brexit. They also agreed the vital ongoing role representation and presence in Brussels needed after the UK leaves the EU.

Also present at the meeting was the UK farming unions’ permanent representative in Brussels, Maeve Whyte.

Whyte updated the UK unions on the European Commission guidance on the Article 50 negotiations and the British Agriculture Bureau’s continued work on issues such as glyphosate and veterinary medicinal product legislation.

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