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Brexit talk is meaningless to farmers making real business decisions

There is lots of Brexit talk from politicians, and even a lot of agreement, but most of it is meaningless to farmers making real business decisions, says NFUS chief executive Scott Walker.

We have reached the moment of truth for the Brexit talks! Well, not really. Another deadline is likely to pass, and still another deadline will be set.

 

Yet, the UK is due to leave the EU in March 2019 and we are no nearer to knowing what our future trading relationship will be with Europe now than the day before the vote to leave.

 

Yes, politicians will talk and speculate about the future trading relationship with the EU and some will even reassure us that there is nothing to be concerned about.

 

The EU sell more to us than we sell to them, so it is in their interest to reach a deal. But a deal still appears to be out of reach.

 

It was said that the October European Summit with heads of state would mark the moment where enough progress had to have been made to allow the EU and UK to finalise the divorce deal and set out a political statement on post-Brexit trading relations.

 

Understanding

 

As I write this, it seems that an agreement at the European Summit is as likely as anyone having a clear understanding of what UK or Scottish agricultural policy post-Brexit will look like for an actual farm.

 

Lots of talk, even lots of agreement, but what does any of it mean to someone trying to make a business decision?

 

A solution to the Irish border question has always been thought of as pivotal. The EU and the UK both agree neither want a hard Irish border.

 

With both sides in agreement on what they want, a solution you would imagine could be found.

 

Failed

 

But recently, the anticipated progress on the Irish border problem has failed to materialise with neither side willing to accept the solution put forward by the other.

 

Even the backstop position of last resort which both signed up to in December 2017 highlights that when it comes to delivering the practicalities of a solution, major differences between the two sides remain.

 

While the talks go on about the divorce deal and future trading relationship, we have our own struggles here in the UK to secure long-term funding for agriculture, to ensure that the trading ambitions of some within Government do not lead to what we produce being undercut by cheaper imports produced to lower standards and that we have a domestic agricultural policy which supports those who want to produce.

 

Scott can be found tweeting at @nfus_chiefexec


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