Brexit will put the UK in control of its agricultural policy for the first time in decades. It presents a once in a generation opportunity to revisit the UK’s approach to farm support, methods of production, and food and environmental standards – including their interplay with international trading objectives.
The Government’s Agriculture Bill gives an early indication of the possible direction of travel, but a lot remains unclear.
Minette Batters, President of the National Farmers Union (NFU), set out her views on the way forward.
To discuss what those might mean, we were joined by:
- Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation and Chair of the Farm Inspection and Regulation Review, established by Michael Gove
- Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
The conversation was chaired by Jill Rutter, Programme Director at the Institute for Government, and was followed by an audience Q&A.
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Minette Batters, President of the National Farmers Union (NFU), sets out her views on the way forward.