Brexit & Agriculture
The remit of the Farmer-Scientist Network is to bring senior and successful scientists and farmers together to work effectively with the crop and livestock sectors and interact with the supply chains linking producers to food and the many other benefits provided by agriculture.
The ‘BREXIT’ Working Party
A sub-group of the Farmer-Scientist Network was established in the summer of 2015 following concerns of the network as to the impact of Britain’s exit from the EU (Brexit) on UK Agriculture. Farmers are uncertain what impact a UK exit from the European Union would have on their businesses. Led by Prof Wyn Grant, University of Warwick, a member of the Network and a Common Agricultural Policy expert. Other members include; Professor Michael Cardwell University of Leeds, Professor Chris Rodgers, Newcastle Law School, Professor Alan Greer University of the West of England and Professor Fiona Smith, University of Warwick.
As of 13th February 2017, the Brexit Working Party of the Farmer Scientist Network have produced a series of papers to update and inform the farming community on the current considerations and consequences that will impact on the farming industry as we move towards developing new polices in preparation for our exit from the EU. You can download the following papers here:
- Paper 1: The Future of Pillar 1 Subsidies by Professor Wyn Grant, University of Warwick
- Paper 2: Migrant Labour by Professor Wyn Grant, University of Warwick
- Paper 3: The Agri-Food Sector, Brexit and International Trade. This paper was commissioned and originally published by the Food Retail Consortium on the 17th January 2017
- Paper 4: Devolution Aspects of Brexit by Professor Alan Greer, University of the West of England
The implications of ‘BREXIT’ for UK agriculture – a report for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society dated February 2016
The purpose of the report was not to recommend how anyone should vote in the referendum on continued British membership of the EU. However, those involved in agriculture needed to be better informed about the consequences for them of a British exit. The report identified issues that needed to be clarified in the referendum debate.