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The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).
The UK’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has backed the reintroduction of a Seasonal Agriculture Workers Scheme (SAWS) to overcome shortages in the farm labour market post-Brexit, and also proposed that such workers should be paid more than the national minimum wage.
The EU needs to maintain strong policy control over major issues such as climate change, biodiversity, animal health and food safety as well as resist any post-Brexit temptation to devolve too much power back to member states, according to a leading French CAP expert.
While many people find the prospect of Brexit regrettable for a number of reasons, not only in the EU but also the UK, for analysts interested in the design of agricultural policies it involves at least one positive element.
National delegations are gathering in Brussels to discuss new rules to protect farmers from unfair trading practices, while Foreign Ministers prepare high-level Brexit discussions taking place in Austria later this week.
There is no sign of any softening of attitudes towards Brexit by French farming leaders, despite their desire to maintain open trading routes across the Channel, if that is at all possible.
UK Agriculture Bill draft sets out post-CAP legal framework, including provisions for market intervention
The UK government has confirmed its intention to phase out direct payments to farmers under the terms of the Agriculture Bill, which was submitted to the UK Parliament on Wednesday (September 12), but will also provide financial assistance to farmers to address “exceptional market conditions”.
Experts are attempting to combine 5G technology, drones and infrared cameras with a “computer vision system” to allow British farmers to keep a real-time oversight on their crops and animals.
UK meat and dairy exports could be temporarily shut out of more than a hundred markets in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to a new auditors’ report, which looks at preparations made by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
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