Two farm groups have launched no-deal Brexit advice services ahead of the UK’s planned exit on October 31.
The CLA has created a free 68-page advice pack for rural businesses, funded by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which sets out a range of practical measures farmers can take to mitigate any risks.
CLA president Tim Breitmeyer said: “We still believe a no-deal Brexit will cause a huge amount of disruption for many in the agriculture sector, but as a rural business owner I know how important it is to be as best prepared as possible for any eventuality.
“This is why we have used our expertise at the CLA to help our members and the wider rural business sector by bringing together all the key information in one place.
“We hope that this will provide some assistance to rural businesses across the country in these uncertain times.”
The Soil Association has also launched a Brexit readiness support phone line, email address and online chat system to help organic businesses prepare.
As part of the service, which like the CLA advice pack is funded by Government, a dedicated team will answer questions and provide up-to-date information to all organic businesses throughout the UK, not those just certified by the Soil Association.
Liz Bowles, associate director of farming at the Soil Association, said: “A no-deal Brexit brings maximum uncertainty for organic food and farming, raising critical issues on the ability to trade and export.
“In the event of a no-deal Brexit, recognition of UK organic certification by the EU is anticipated to cease overnight, with the prospect of a prolonged period when organic exports to the EU could become impossible.
“Any break, whether it is six days or six months, could be devastating for many organic businesses.”
All CLA members across England and Wales will receive a print version of the advice pack through the post early next week, but it is free for anyone to download online at www.cla.org.uk/eu-exit.
Businesses wanting to contact the Soil Association’s support service should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0333 414 1451.