No Brexit cliff edge for farmers, pledges Defra minister

Defra minister George Eustice has promised a “transition” period to a new British agriculture policy after the UK leaves the European Union.

Mr Eustice made the pledge to Yorkshire farmers during a meeting at Skipton Auction Mart on Thursday (16 March).

Farmers would need support as they lost access to EU Common Agricultural Policies subsidies post-Brexit, he said.

He added: “I think the right thing is to start with what does a good system look like, then we can think about how long we need for the transition.

“The Prime Minister has been clear she doesn’t want cliff edges so yes there will be some sort of transitional period from to the other.”

The commitment offers the farming community the same guarantee given to business leaders by Theresa May last year.

(Source: Yorkshire Post)

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