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From the editor: 'It is time to unwrap 2021 and reveal what Brexit has in store'

In many ways, 2021 is the present we have been waiting for since the EU referendum in 2016. It is the year things really begin to change.

Some people have been waiting anxiously to tear off the wrapping paper, while others feel they are reaching into their stocking to pull out a lump of coal.

 

One thing we do know for sure is that this particular gift is finally about to be delivered.

 

But, as I write 10 days from B-Day, we still cannot see the shape of the present and have a guess at what is inside.

 

The chaos at the border we have seen over recent days could give some inkling about what is to come.

 

Today, the French are demanding truckers provide evidence of a negative coronavirus test to travel to the continent.

 

On January 1, they will be asking to see all kinds of new paperwork.

 

In either case, the result is likely to be the same – delays and traffic.

 

In time, supply chains will adapt. Markets always find a way to function. But they will change.

 

And that might well bring new opportunities over the coming years for farmers who are keen to exploit new openings both abroad and at home, with the popularity of local food on the rise.

 

In the meantime, there is one other Brexit certainty.


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Next December, English farmers can expect to receive a little less from the Rural Payments Agency than they usually do – something their counterparts in Scotland and Wales do not have to worry about just yet.

 

It is easy to see how this could have an effect on the UK internal market, even after the Government has legislated to try to protect its integrity.

 

That particular piece of law caused fireworks in Parliament recently, with accusations of betrayal and power grabbing from both Holyrood and Cardiff.

 

This bubbling tension between the UK Government and devolved nations is unlikely to disappear in 2021.

In short, the coming year could be a challenging one for UK agriculture.

 

All the more reason to enjoy your turkey, mince pies and brandy this Christmas. Cheers.

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