Brexit: opportunities and threats for food, farming and fishing
The UK’s exit from the EU has vast implications for our food, fishing and farming and Sustain is campaigning to ensure that our leaders continue to uphold good standards in all these areas.
While it is beyond our remit to comment on the political scenarios, our work since the referendum has clearly demonstrated that there would be many negative and costly consequences of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, including interruptions to our food supply, lowering our food standards and imperilling livelihoods in the food and farming industries. You can read our views on this in full here.
Looking beyond the exit, Sustain has been working hard with Alliance members and other organisations to secure good post-EU food and farming policies. We are organising our work around three main themes:
- Protecting existing high standards for food, fishing and farming
- Building a new framework for standards in food, fishing and farming that are fit for the future
- Ensuring that voices are heard - especially those of concerned citizens, smaller farmers, fishers and food producers; food, farming and fishery specialists; and those experiencing disadvantage
Sustain continues to coordinate organisations who work on the environment, health, trade, animal welfare, farming, fishing, workers’ rights, food safety, and economy to cultivate a shared voice for better food, fishing and farming. Key elements of our work are reported in the menu on this page.
Worries over the return of battery eggs after Brexit
Sustain members Compassion in World Farming have warned that the Government’s plans to reduce tariffs on overseas egg imports to 0% could see...
DWP Secretary Amber Rudd confirms Government considering food hardship fund in the event of no deal Brexit
DWP Cabinet member Amber Rudd has confirmed that the Government "have been looking at the possibility of having a hardship fund" to help...
UK needs to follow EU lead and stop unfair trading practices
A new EU directive will support farmers getting a fairer deal in their trading relationships. Sustain says the UK needs to introduce equivalent...
MPs have rejected Theresa May's Brexit deal for a second time - Sustain responds
The Prime Minister told Parliament that MPs would now get a vote on whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal and, if that fails, on whether...
Sustain responds with dismay to US Ambassador claim that US food poisoning is lower than in the UK
The US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson was interviewed by the BBC Radio 4 Today programme (6 March, 07.30am). He said that the UK needed to...
Make Brexit a better deal for animals
Sustain member Wildlife and Countryside Link have brought together 36 animal protection groups calling for animals to be protected after Brexit.
Two reasons why British fishers will do worse out of Brexit than British farmers
Despite warm promises that the fishing industry will do well out of Brexit, Government plans for how much boats will be able to catch, and how they...
Why fishing communities could be crushed by a no-deal Brexit
Last night, the government released a new assessment of the impact of a no-deal Brexit on business, Ruth Westcott considers why it makes grim reading...
Michael Gove's ‘pipeline of support’ for farmers – how are the tests and trials going?
Alongside all the changes ahead due to Brexit, a new farm support scheme will hit major development phase in 2019. Secretary of State for Defra...
Food and farming in 2019 – what’s going to happen?
The Agriculture Bill, a new Environmental Land Management scheme, the development of a National Food Strategy and increasing climate breakdown...
All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology
An informal, cross-party group of MPs and Peers interested in sustainable food and farming. The APPG on Agroecology for sustainable food and farming was formed to provide a parliamentary focus for the contribution of agroecology to food security in the UK and worldwide.
Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics
The Alliance to Save our Antibiotics is a coalition of health, medical, farming, environmental and civil society organisations from across the EU, founded by Sustain, Compassion in World Farming and the Soil Association. Our vision is a world in which human and animal health and well-being are protected by food and farming systems that do not rely on routine antibiotic use.
Food Research Collaboration
Coordinated by the Centre for Food Policy at City University London, facilitates joint working by academics and civil society to improve the UK food system, including running seminars involving academics, civil society, policy-makers and industry. A key focus for this work over the next few years will be Brexit, and co-creating better governance for food, farming, fishing and trade.
A group of 13 major environmental organisations, with a combined public membership of 7.9 million (some of which organisations are also members of the Sustain alliance). They are united in the belief that leaving the EU is a pivotal moment to restore and enhance the UK’s environment.
Nourish Scotland campaigns on food justice issues in Scotland. Nourish believes that tasty and nutritious food should be accessible to everyone, be sustainable, and be produced, processed, sold and served in a way that values and respects workers. Nourish is a leading voice promoting the Good Food Nation Bill for Scotland, and a Right to Food.
Sustainable Soils Alliance
The Sustainable Soils Alliance is a partnership of farming organisations, businesses, NGOs, applied science and academia working together to reverse the current crisis in soil health and restore our soils to health within one generation. Sustain is working with this alliance to ensure that the new UK Agriculture Bill and Environmental Land Management Scheme help to reverse the soils crisis.
Trade Justice Movement
The Trade Justice Movement is a UK coalition calling for trade rules that work for people and planet. Sustain is working with the Trade Justice Movement’s call for the new UK Trade Bill to support trade justice, with the rules weighted to ensure sustainable outcomes for ordinary people and the environment
Unlock Democracy is a grassroots organisation arguing and campaigning for a vibrant, inclusive democracy that puts power in the hands of the people. Unlock Democracy is coordinating cross-sector work on the Great Repeal Bill, and Sustain is working with the team in their efforts to achieve the best democratic, social, economic and environmental outcomes.
Wildlife & Countryside Link
Wildlife and Countryside Link brings together 46 environment and animal protection organisations to advocate for the conservation and protection of wildlife, countryside and the marine environment. Taken together they have the support of over eight million people in the UK and manage over 750,000 hectares of land. Sustain is working closely with the Link Legal Strategy group.