Certainty and cooperation needed to secure strong British and European food and farming industry post-Brexit
Farming leaders from Europe and the UK have come together in London this morning to call upon policymakers to recognise the strategic importance of food and farming businesses in the Brexit negotiations.
With less than six months to go until Britain leaves the EU, leaders of Europe’s major farming organisations from France, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK urged Brexit negotiators to reach a deal that works for both the UK and the EU at the high-level conference Beyond Brexit: Farming for our future.
Farmers and growers in the UK and in Europe are currently operating without any certainty on a future trading relationship or how they will recruit a competent and reliable workforce for their businesses. Securing a Brexit withdrawal agreement is crucial to providing much-needed clarity for these businesses.
NFU President Minette Batters said: “It could not be plainer that our shared best interests lie in the successful conclusion of a Brexit agreement. The organisations here today are making the case for food and farming in every capital in Europe and calling for the building blocks to be put in place for our future.”
For both UK and EU farming businesses, uncertainty over the post-Brexit trading environment is a cause for concern. Looking beyond March 2019, the conference explored how the agri-food industry across Europe can find shared solutions to work together post-Brexit.