Farming could be Brexit bargaining chip

Agriculture could be used as an important bargaining chip in forthcoming Brexit negotiations, says a former top UK civil servant.

“The rules of trade for the agrofood sector will be a valuable card in the hands of the UK Brexit negotiators.”

Sir Richard Packer

The suggestion was made by Richard Packer in a paper for the Centre for Policy Studies, published on Friday (6 January).

Sir Richard was permanent secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) – the forerunner of Defra – from 1993 until 2000.

(Source: Farmers Weekly)

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