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GIs allow Welsh farmers to sell their produce at a premium, but a no-deal Brexit and future trade deals both pose a threat to their continued existence, says Ben Lake, Plaid Cymru’s agriculture spokesman in Westminster.
With a Government watchdog recently publishing a damning report on Defra’s post-Brexit ag scheme, farmers should use show season to raise their concerns about future policy with MPs, says Conservative peer Anne McIntosh.
Women are taking on key jobs in agriculture which in times gone by were reserved for men, but they still may not get a chance to reach their potential as things stand, says Stuart Agnew, UKIP MEP candidate.
There is a possibility the PM and Leader of the Opposition will reach a deal on Brexit, but it still may not get through the House of Commons, says Mike Hedges, Swansea East AM and chair of the CCERA committee.
Scottish farmers deserve to know when to expect an Agriculture Bill which will set out a real and tangible plan for their future, says Donald Cameron MSP, Scottish Conservative Shadow Rural Economy Secretary.
County farms can lead the way on good practice after Brexit, but they’ll need proper support from central Government to make this vision a reality, says Kerry McCarthy, Bristol East MP and member of the Efra Select Committee.
The UK needs a new oversight body, trusted by the devolved nations, to manage potential disputes about farm funding after Brexit, says Ceredigion MP and Plaid Cymru’s Westminster agriculture spokesman Ben Lake.
The Government is setting up several new bodies, including the OEP, but Ministers must establish an organisation to advise farmers on how to follow post-Brexit rules, says Conservative peer Anne McIntosh.
There are a range of factors contributing to poor mental health among farmers, but Ministers could ease one worry by removing Brexit uncertainty, says Mike Rumbles, Scottish Lib Dem agriculture spokesman.
I believe Scotland should stay in the EU and help design a better CAP, but the Scottish Government must prepare to leave and start work on an Agriculture Bill now, says John Finnie, Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands.
UK farmers work hard every day to provide top-quality food and they have been badly let down by a dysfunctional Parliament which refuses to deliver Brexit, says Tory Shadow Welsh Rural Affairs Minister Andrew RT Davies.
The PM has brought her deal back for MPs to vote on three times. If they have a right to change their mind on Brexit, the people do too, says Angela Smith, TIG MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge and Efra Committee member.
The UK wants Welsh protected food names to be labelled with a Union Jack, but dragon branding has greater appeal for our trading partners, says Llyr Gruffydd, North Wales AM and Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs.
Without a common framework for post-Brexit agriculture policy, there is a real risk UK farmers could get a competitive advantage over each other, says Mike Hedges, Swansea East AM and chair of the CCERA committee.
MPs must vote to extend Article 50 to protect UK farming from a no-deal Brexit if the PM’s deal cannot get through, says Ben Lake, MP for Ceredigion and Plaid Cymru’s agriculture spokesman in Westminster.
The new Good Food Nation Bill gives the Scottish Government an opportunity to support farmers in many different ways as the farm payment system changes, says John Finnie, Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands.
The public wants politicians to get on and deliver Brexit, but all they get from the ‘crachach’ of Labour and Plaid Cymru is a push to reverse the referendum result, says Andrew RT Davies, Conservative Shadow Rural Affairs Minister.
Defra Secretary Michael Gove might be desperate to have people believe his Brexit will be ‘green’, but a US-UK trade deal would undermine all of our domestic production standards, says Green Party animal spokesman Keith Taylor.
Instead of putting forward a positive post-Brexit vision, Welsh Government is claiming inefficient and non-resilient farmers make its preferred policy changes inevitable, says Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary.
Given most hill farmers’ main source of income is direct payments, the Agriculture Bill’s seven-year phase out of BPS is a seven-year notice to quit for those in the uplands, says Tim Farron, agriculture spokesman for the Liberal Democrats.
The only way out of the political stalemate on Brexit is to give the people a choice between the Prime Minister’s deal and remain, says Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge and Efra Committee member.
Brexit gives the UK a unique opportunity to improve food labelling so it is better understood and gives shoppers greater confidence in the products they buy, says chair of the Efra Select Committee Neil Parish.
European parliament should be given greater powers in the event of changes to TRQ agreements, says Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West and a member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee in the European Parliament.
The Government must introduce a 25-year agriculture funding plan to ensure farmers are still around to deliver its environmentally-friendly schemes, says Tim Farron, agriculture spokesman for the Liberal Democrats.
Farmers did not vote for the Brexit mess the Government has created, so the best option now is to support a People’s Vote, says Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge and member of the Efra select committee.
Tory Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary in Wales, Andrew RT Davies, asks how the Welsh Government can develop a coherent UK framework for post-Brexit ag policy when it is copying the SNP in opposing Union Jack food labelling.
Just as the UK Government becomes responsible for food security for the first time in more than 40 years, the issue has drifted off Ministers’ agenda. The Labour Party will do all it can to ensure its importance is recognised, says Sue Hayman, Shadow Defra Secretary.
Julie Girling, MEP for South West England and member of the EU Agriculture Committee, questions why the UK is leaving the CAP when the ‘better parts’ of the Agriculture Bill simply replicate the EU system.
The value of Welsh produce will only be fully realised when Wales increases its own processing capacity, but the ‘Brexit and our Land’ consultation failed to tackle this issue, says Conservative Shadow Environment Secretary Andrew RT Davies.
Direct payments provide stability and security to farmers. The Welsh Government needs to acknowledge the massive impact removing them would have on food production, rural communities and the Welsh language, says Llyr Gruffydd, Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary.
The Scottish Government’s refusal to set out a long-term post-Brexit plan is leaving Scotland’s farmers behind their counterparts in the rest of the UK, says Edward Mountain, Highlands and Islands MSP and convener of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee.
The crippling tariffs farmers would face in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit would bankrupt them and make the UK even more reliant on food imports, says Tim Farron, agriculture spokesman for the Liberal Democrats.
The Government’s technical notices to help businesses prepare for Brexit show just how hard the food system would be hit in a no-deal scenario, says Kerry McCarthy, Bristol East MP and Efra Select Committee member.
Several pieces of serious research have shown Scottish farmers and the rural economy would be hit hard by a no-deal Brexit. The UK Government must do everything in its power to avoid this catastrophe, says Richard Lyle, MSP for Uddingston and Bellshill.
When even hardline Brexiteer Nigel Farage is admitting Brexit could be ‘bad news for British farmers’, you know things are not looking pretty for the industry, says Paul Brannen, North East MEP and Labour’s EU agriculture spokesman.