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The European Council has agreed to move to phase two of the Brexit process and has committed to produce guidelines on the EU-UK future relationship in March next year.
Acknowledging that sufficient progress has been made on the first phase of Brexit talks, the EU Council has prepared a set of draft guidelines to be adopted at the next Council meeting, next Friday (December 15).
Post-Brexit prospects for UK farmers to expand their use of anaerobic digestion (AD) remains shrouded in uncertainty, with the sector already showing signs of suffering from serious policy neglect due to the time-consuming demands of negotiating the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU.
The UK food industry has welcomed the agreement reached by UK and EU teams negotiating on Brexit which will effectively allow talks to progress to trade issues.
The European Commission will present its plans for the reform of the CAP to member states in the Council on Monday (December 11), while the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference kicks off in Buenos Aires (December 10-13).
Later in the week, the European Parliament and the European Council will debate the EU-UK agreement on the first phase of the Brexit negotiations.
The EU has reached an agreement in principle with the United Kingdom on the terms under which the UK will leave the bloc in 2019.
There has been a worrying lack of progress in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the UK agricultural sector since 2009, according to a joint text published by two UK advisory committees, which also sets out possible directions for the post-Brexit policy framework.
The UK will be able to redesign food and farming policies so that they no longer tackle the issues of agriculture, obesity and the environment separately, but rather in a single approach, MPs on the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee heard.
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