Agriculture

WTO tariffs in a no-deal Brexit: what the impact would be

The government has announced it will cut many tariffs to zero in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Edgar Morgenroth (Dublin City University) explains why it is so keen to avert the economic blow that reverting to WTO tariffs would deal to the UK economy. It would be over four and a half times worse for the UK than the […]

Farming in Brexitland: weathering the incoming storm

With the prospect of losing timely and tariff-free access to the single market – as well as migrant labour – farmers face even more uncertainty than most as a result of Brexit. Richard Byrne (Harper Adams University) explains the changes that Brexit is bringing.

The last sheep sale before Christmas at Welshpool livestock market was seen by many as a […]

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    Parliament should reject Brexit in the name of animal welfare

Parliament should reject Brexit in the name of animal welfare

Great Britain has a proud history of animal protection. UK animal welfare institutions and laws have been emulated throughout the world. As a member of the EU, the UK has used its economic and political clout to ban veal crates, barren battery cages and regulate sow stalls across a market of 510 million people. Parliament should reject Brexit and call […]

Will the Brexit cloud have a silver lining for conservationists?

Were we starting from a place where nature was fully protected and thriving, dismantling the structures and support provided by the EU would be a more worrying prospect, writes Mike Townsend (Woodland Trust). But while the EU provides many environmental benefits the state of the natural environment remains woeful. We must seize this opportunity to reframe nature conservation.

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    Agriculture post-Brexit: a battleground for the UK’s constituent nations

Agriculture post-Brexit: a battleground for the UK’s constituent nations

Agriculture is a devolved matter which is also subject to EU policy-making. Michael Keating (Centre on Constitutional Change) writes that while there is agreement on the need for UK-wide frameworks to govern certain areas of agriculture post-Brexit, there is currently no agreement among the UK’s nations on what form they should take. He argues that funding will likely be […]

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    Michael Gove’s agricultural utopia ignores the realities of UK farming

Michael Gove’s agricultural utopia ignores the realities of UK farming

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove has said that Britain should be ‘competing at the top’ in agricultural policy after Brexit, maintaining high animal welfare and environmental standards. Charlie Cadywould (Policy Network) argues that a race to the bottom is inevitable if the aims of hard Brexiters are to be realised.
Michael Gove is a man who […]