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NFU Brexit Team sets out stall for farming post-Brexit

NFU Brexit Team sets out stall for farming post-Brexit

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The NFU's Brexit team: L-R Lucia Zitti, Nick von Westenholz, Tom Keen and Gail Soutar

The NFU's Brexit Team has launched a new Vision paper which outlines farming's asks of the government as the UK heads towards a new realtionship with the EU.

Delivering a bold and ambitious future for farming, outlines what the NFU would like government to adopt as part of a new Domestic Agricultural Policy to ensure UK farming is profitable, productive and competitive in the future.

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It sets out the exciting opportunities that a bespoke agricultural policy could provide as the UK enters a new relationship with the EU.

It builds on the key themes the NFU sees as being integral to an agricultural policy; volatility, productivity and the environment, and identifies a number of actions that are vital in delivering a bold and ambitious future for the farming sector.

NFU President Meurig Raymond urged the government to adopt the measures to help make a success of Brexit for the nation:

“We believe that in the future farmers should be able to draw down bespoke assistance from within our three cornerstones of productivity, environment and volatility. Crucially, the outputs from these measures are not mutually exclusive; they all work together to enable farming to be competitive, profitable and progressive – a sustainable partner within a dynamic British food supply chain.


With new opportunities on the horizon for the UK – and a complex journey of negotiations to navigate over the coming months – it’s an important time for the country, and for commerce.

But what does it mean for British farming?

British farming is the bedrock of the food and drink industry, the UK’s largest manufacturing sector – even bigger than automotive and aerospace put together.

It contributes £108 billion to the UK economy, and provides jobs to around 3.9 million people, together helping to sustain our nation’s economic wealth.

Independent organisations like the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) have already highlighted British farming as being as important as the financial services sector in making Brexit a success – demonstrating why British farmers need our support more than ever before. 

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Visit NFUonline here for more in-depth look at the report and it's three key themes of Productivity, Environment and Volatility.

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  • Posted by: M.F.GriffinPosted on: 02/11/2017 12:07:30

    Comment: Attention Brexit Team,

    The 'Vision for a Future' document is a start on guiding the UK towards a post Brexit world.

    In my view, the fundamental opportunity is to position the UK for self-sufficiency; somewhat like the UK Energy Strategy should be effectively implementing.

    The opportunity to fill the self-sufficiency gap post Brexit requires appropriate answers of the following:

    * Which sectors of the farming industry are best positioned to increase production; increase quality; and/or develop new products to fill the gaps post Brexit?
    * Which Government Departments are best positioned to divert existing and create new public money investments into the above identified 'Strategic Growth' areas?
    * Which organisation is best positioned to develop and drive a coordinated, major national programme to champion a 'Grow British and Buy British' post Brexit?

    I would suggest, once the 'Strategic Growth Opportunities' within the UK Farming Industry post Brexit are identified, this information would be of significant value in driving our Brexit negations with the EU for our farming and fisheries industries.

    Having managed such programs in the past, I would be pleased to assist in developing this body of work for the NFU.

    Best regards,

    M.F. Griffin
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