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New House of Lords Report on food, farming and Brexit

Sustain comments on the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee report published today. The report looks at the implications of Brexit for UK agriculture and food, particularly the implications of leaving the EU's Common Agriculture Policy and the Single Market.

Vicki Hird, Farm Campaign Coordinator of Sustain commented 

This report rightly highlights the risks of Brexit for the UK food industry but does not focus enough on environment and food standards to provide the balanced and coherent picture that this country will need for the challenges ahead." 

"The report is strong in outlining the opportunities and calls for a reasonable transition phase to help farmers in particular to adjust to the loss of a crucial European farm and rural subsidy regime, and access to overseas workers to the threat of higher trade tariffs."

"But it is crucial that the next Government builds on this so we see a clear and coherent plan - developed with input from all stakeholders - which addresses all aspects of the complex food system in an integrated way. There must be no trade-off between strong environment, farm or food standards and trade deals for instance."

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For further comments vicki@sustainweb.org tel: 07903478249 

Published 3 May 2017

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