This week Farm Business has learned more details of the potential catastrophe that awaits the UK livestock sector if the Government fails to secure a deal with the EU before we leave in March 2019. Documents released by Defra this week reveal that in this scenario exports of animals and animal products to the EU could effectively be blocked for at least six months, while imports are ‘waved in’. The consequences, needless to say, could be dire.
Meanwhile elsewhere in the issue Farm Business is also wondering exactly what Trade Secretary Liam Fox is up to, as stories circulate of him ‘plotting’ to lower UK food standards under ancient legislation in order to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the US. He has denied it, but do his denials go far enough?
Then there’s the Agriculture Bill. Julie Robinson expertly analyses the reasoning behind the decision to ‘de-link’ direct payments from the land and outlines some of the complexities this throws up.
Also Richard Wright casts a critical eye over Red Tractor’s post-Brexit plans, while we also have a tale of the Cornish farmer selling tea to China and analysis of some encouraging investment in the pork processing sector.