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.”