OPINION: Subsidies set to reduce across Europe – not just UK, says George Lyon

Michael Gove’s appointment as Defra secretary is a real opportunity for UK agriculture – but only if farm unions play it right, says former MEP George Lyon.

“If they set out clearly and justify with good sound economic arguments what the agriculture industry needs from Brexit and future UK farm policy, he has the political clout to deliver it,” argues Mr Lyon.

“But if they fall back on special pleading and the good old begging bowl routine then I suspect that will play very badly.”

Mr Lyon is a former Liberal Democrat MEP and sits on the board of levy body organisation AHDB.

(Source: Press and Journal)

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