Policy

Brexit is “golden opportunity” for Defra, says department’s former chief

Brexit offers the chance to rethink the UK’s rural subsidy system, says Defra former permanent secretary Bronwyn Hill.

Britain’s looming exit from the European Union offers a “golden opportunity” to reset the country’s approach to agricultural policy, she says.

Defra currently distributes some £3bn a year of European Union Common Agricultural Policy funds to farmers in the UK.

The department’s own analysis suggests that a quarter of the 1,200 EU laws in force in the UK relate to Defra’s work.

(Source: Civil Service World)

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