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
A sub-group of the 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. The sub-group is led by Prof Wyn Grant, University of Warwick, a member of the Network and a Common Agricultural Policy expert
The Brexit Working Party produced an interim report to summarise their recent workshop held in York in November 2017 which brought together farmers (from a range of farm businesses) and academics to discuss policy instruments for domestic agricultural policy after Brexit. The Brexit Working Party will be focussing on the 7 identified themes detailed in the document over the coming months. You can download the report here:
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.