British farmers face ‘rearguard action’ to keep subsidies

UK farmers have a fight on their hands to retain the current level of agricultural support post-Brexit, a prominent MP has warned.

Subsidies might be retained at current levels initially but were then likely to be reduced, said Neil Parish, who chairs the House of Commons environment, food and rural affairs select committee.

“I think it is going to be a rearguard action as far as the Treasury is concerned,” Mr Parish told a Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum meeting in London.

“We are going to have to really justify every last penny we get. I think we will get some money but I think it will be driven back.”

(Source: Farmers Weekly)

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