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CLA calls on new Prime Minister to deliver good Brexit deal for farming


Theresa May will be installed as the new Prime Minister later today, with the task of delivering the best possible Brexit deal for the country and, the CLA hopes, the countryside.

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Theresa May, who will be installed as the UK’s second female Prime Minister today, has an ’historic opportunity’ to help establish a world-leading UK food, farming and environmental policy to benefit the whole nation, according the CLA.


Mrs May’s first task on entering Downing Street will be to appoint a new Cabinet.


Within the farming sector, the main focus of interest will surround futures of Liz Truss, who has held the Defra Secretary of State post for the past two years, and Farming Minister George Eustice as the next tier of Ministerial roles are allocated.


With a new Government in place, the principle task facing Mrs May, the last senior Tory figure left standing in an extraordinary period of political turmoil following the leave vote, will be to pilot the UK’s exit from the EU.


Mrs May has been clear over the past few weeks ’Brexit means Brexit’ and his indicated her intention to trigger Article 50, commencing the formal two-year exit period, next year.


Pivotal moment

CLA President Ross Murray said welcomed confirmation of Mrs May as the new Prime Minister and said the CLA looked forward to working with the new leader and her Cabinet to grow the rural economy and support the environment.


He said: "This is a pivotal moment for how food is produced and how the countryside is managed.


"The new Prime Minister has an historic opportunity to drive the establishment of a world-leading UK food, farming and environmental policy that will benefit the whole nation.


“Ahead of Brexit negotiations getting underway we are calling on the Prime Minister to commit to delivering the trade relationships that will allow the agricultural sector in particular to flourish, and to reducing the regulatory burdens that have frustrated rural businesses for too long.


"Alongside these new opportunities, it is crucial that we build on current momentum to achieve better broadband and mobile connectivity in rural areas, tackle the housing crisis in the countryside, and support land management that cares for the environment and alleviates flood risk.


"We will be looking to the Prime Minister to ensure Defra has the capacity to take on new tasks repatriated from Europe.”


Ambitious vision

NFU President Meurig Raymond has written to the new Prime Minister calling for her government to develop a new ambitious vision for British agriculture.


Mr Raymond’s letter also stresses the historic opportunity that now presents itself to shape the future of British farming and food production for generations to come.


It underlines the importance of the sector to the economy and outlines the farming industry’s ambitions to achieve even more for Britain.


Mr Raymond wrote: "The NFU looks forward to helping your Government shape a new agricultural policy, which encourages growth, innovation, productivity and profitability."




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