Brexit & Agriculture
The Farmer-Scientist Network consists of specialised academics and farmers, spanning small and large successful businesses in the region with a common goal to encourage sustainable productivity and support the changes that are urgently needed to bring innovation into farming.
The ‘BREXIT’ Working Party
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Brexit Working Party was established in 2015 following concerns as to the impact of Britain’s exit from the EU (Brexit) on UK Agriculture. The YAS Working Party brings together farmers within Yorkshire and academics across the UK who have specialist knowledge and expertise within agriculture, law and world trade to name a few. Led by Prof Wyn Grant, University of Warwick, and member of the YAS Farmer-Scientist Network, the YAS Working Party published the report ‘The Implications of ‘BREXIT for UK Agriculture’ in February 2016 during the lead up to the referendum vote on continued British membership of the EU. The purpose was not to recommend how anyone should vote in the referendum, 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.
On the 27th February 2018, the Government launched their consultation to seek views on their proposal for the future agricultural policy in England ‘Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit’. The YAS Working Party will once more come together and contribute to the consultation which is due to close on the 8th May 2018. The purpose of the YAS Working Party will be to recommend a balanced and informed view on the proposal, to highlight any further aspects that the policy may need to consider in collaboration with Yorkshire farmers. The YAS Working Party response will be published on our website in due course.
Previous reports by the Brexit Working Party includes:
February 2017 - A series of papers to update farmers 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
February 2016 – ‘The Implications of ‘BREXIT for UK Agriculture’ report’s purpose 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.