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The EU and UK have reached a conditional agreement on a transition period after Brexit that will allow the latter to negotiate and sign new trade agreements, while effectively extending its participation within the single market and customs union by a further 21 months.
England can already cap direct payments and reward environment-friendly farmers before Brexit - paper
Capping payments to larger farms and move to a system of paying farmers public money for public goods within the UK agricultural policy can already be done under current EU rules, even before Brexit date, according to a new paper by an independent body.
A row has erupted between the UK government in Westminster and the devolved governments of Scotland and Wales over who gets control of food and agriculture when those powers return to the UK from Brussels.
A leaked British diplomatic paper is pushing for an EU-Indonesia trade deal containing a chapter on palm oil production which would increase the current supply of the commodity.
The outraged response with which the UK government dismissed the Commission’s proposal to keep Northern Ireland in the EU singe market and customs union, signals that the British never fully grasped the essence of the Good Friday Agreement, according to a former British MEP.
Next week, the European Parliament will gather in plenary in Strasbourg to discuss a range of issues, while a couple of high level events about farming productivity and the food and drink sector will be held in London and Amsterdam.
Any kind of close partnership between the EU and the UK will make trade more complicated and costly than is currently the case, the EU Council president Donald Tusk said upon presenting draft guidelines on their future relationship.
The European Commission has set up the first EU Reference Centre to support the enforcement of its animal welfare regulations, at a time when these issues are gaining increased attention in the Brexit negotiations.
UK agriculture minister George Eustice told a House of Lords inquiry into the effect of Brexit on food security this week that leaving the EU would have little impact on food prices in the UK.
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