Whether you voted for it or not, we now have to make the best of the Brexit process.
Unless there is going to be a huge constitutional change or a new EU referendum, the reality will not change and all parties have to try and play the game which is in front of them.
That is why, in this week’s Farmers Guardian, we have sought to lay out exactly what is in front of the industry in 2018 when it comes to Brexit. As Paul Temple, a noted remainer, rightly says in this week’s farm profile, now is the time get on and plan for Brexit, not sit back and wait for it to happen.
One of the problems is that we face a lack of clarity from Government about which direction proceedings will go. There is also the concern in some quarters that the Government, under Theresa May’s leadership, seems perilously close to the edge and could collapse at any time, adding another element of caution to proceedings.
There is also the dichotomy at the heart of farming in Brexit Britain which is highlighted by this week’s sheep special, and that is that many lambs born this season could be sold in a country no longer part of the European Union. That is a reality which will make forward planning tough for some, especially as markets fluctuate.
The next 12 months will, barring major change, represent the UK’s final full year of EU membership before the exit date of March 29, 2019, and means the countdown really is on to a new era which could potentially change the face of UK farming.
While this week’s FG sets the scene for the year ahead, we will continue to ask the tough questions throughout the course of 2018 about what various decisions mean for UK agriculture and how our farmers can be left in the best possible position to thrive outside of the EU.
Brexit may not have found favour with everyone, but now is the time to look at what can be gained under a new set of rules.