Ensure ports have necessary IT structures and customs checks capabilities post-Brexit

19 Feb 2018 11:15 AM

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee calls for a fund to prepare British farming for Brexit, a specific impact analysis for each agricultural sector, plans for physical and IT infrastructure to be drawn up now, and for new trading partnerships to be explored. 

Impact of 'no deal' on trade

The report focuses on the impact on different agri-food sectors of the UK having to trade under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules in the event of no deal being reached between the UK and EU. This is particularly pertinent given the UK's simultaneous withdrawal from the Common Agricultural Policy (the impact of which will be specifically considered by the Committee at a later date).

The report concludes:

The Committee calls on the Government to: 

Safeguard the livelihoods of UK farmers

Neil Parish, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, said:

"60% of the UK's agricultural exports and 70% of its imports are from the EU. In order to safeguard the livelihoods of UK farmers and guarantee domestic food security post-Brexit, it is vital that the Government articulates its vision for protecting both. The first step in this process is creating an analysis of each farming sector before bringing the Agriculture Bill before Parliament.

UK agriculture will need to adapt to the changed trading circumstances following Brexit, so the Government should consider putting funding in place to enable farmers to do so.

It is crucial that the Government takes positive political action towards new trading relationships as a matter of priority.

We should under no circumstances compromise on our world-renowned animal welfare, environmental, and food standards. Brexit should be an opportunity to improve, not undermine, our global reputation for quality."

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