CLA responds to Jeremy Hunt’s proposals for a relief programme for farming in case of ‘no deal’ Brexit

Responding to the news that, if elected Conservative Party leader and a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario takes place, Jeremy Hunt will introduce a “relief programme” for farming, Tim Breitmeyer, President of the Country, Land and Business Association (CLA) said: 

“This announcement recognises the unique circumstances of the sector and the negative consequences of a ‘no deal’ scenario for a significant number of farmers up and down the land. This is especially true for sectors such as sheep farming where the deadline of 31 October could not come at a worse time.

“However, it must not mask the real issues with a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Whoever wins the leadership race will need to negotiate a future trade deal with the EU which is as free and frictionless as possible, every effort should be spent towards achieving that goal and securing the primary export market for a huge proportion of the UK’s agricultural production.

“Mr Hunt’s proposals are also unclear in some areas. Described as “temporary” there is little detail on timeframes nor, most importantly, what follows once they are concluded.  Is it longer term relief or structural reform? Without further details then this could be viewed as simply another example of kicking the can down the road.”

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.