Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 0 minute ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
Britain outlines post-Brexit farm policy in bill
September 13, 2018
 Print    Send to Friend

LONDON: Britain will introduce legislation on Wednesday for agricultural policy after it leaves the European Union that will link support for farmers to the provision of public benefits such as tackling climate change or preserving beautiful landscapes.

The Agriculture Bill, primarily covering England, will provide the basis for policy in a sector which for decades has been controlled by the European Union.

“After nearly 50 years of being tied to burdensome and outdated EU rules, we have the opportunity to deliver a Green Brexit,” Britain’s farming and environment minister Michael Gove said in a statement.

The bill includes a seven-year transition period to allow farmers time to adjust as direct support payments linked to the amount of land they farm to be phased out. Under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, British farmers receive about 3 billion pounds ($3.9 billion) a year in public funds.

“The bill allows us to reward farmers who protect our environment, leaving the countryside in a cleaner, greener and healthier state for future generations,” Gove said.

“Critically, we will also provide the smooth and gradual transition that farmers and land managers need to plan ahead.”

National Farmers Union president Minette Batters said the bill “falls short of our aspirations,” adding British farmers would need to compete with farmers all over the world, nearly all of whom are supported financially to produce food.

POWERS TO PAUSE Batters said the bill must provide powers to pause the seven-year transition if it is providing unmanageable for farmers and threatening domestic food supplies.

“With critical decisions still to be taken in the months and years ahead it would be foolhardy for the Government to embark on such a path without knowing (the) trading environment in which it will be set,” she said.

“A free and frictionless trade deal with our biggest trading partner, the EU, is absolutely critical to the farming industry,” she added.

Farmers will see a reduction in payments during the transition period with the biggest cuts for those receiving the most funds.

Direct payments will eventually be replaced by a new Environmental Land Management System which will be developed and trialed with farmers.

Reuters
 

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
Corbyn ‘ready’ to back second Brexit referendum
LIVERPOOL: British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday he would back a second Brexit referendum if his Labour Party votes to pursue the move, heaping pressure ..
New vote must exclude staying in EU: McCluskey
LONDON: The leader of the union that is Labour’s biggest financial backer has said remaining in the EU must not be an option in any new referendum on Brexit. Len McClu..
Britain could face medicine shortage after Brexit: Report
LONDON: Britain could see widespread medicine shortages if there is no deal to prevent friction at the border with the European Union after Brexit, the AstraZeneca chief ..
Engage seriously on Brexit, Britain tells EU
LONDON: Britain said on Saturday it would not capitulate in Brexit talks and again urged its EU partners to engage with its proposals, as ministers in Paris and Berlin su..
EU pushes for October Brexit deal
SALZBURG: European Union leaders will push for a Brexit deal next month but warned British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday that if she won’t give ground on trade a..
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright