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Political dates for farmers to keep an eye on in 2021

With 2020 now drawing to a close, Abi Kay lists the key political dates farmers should keep an eye on in 2021.

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Political dates for farmers to keep an eye on in 2021

January 1

  • New trading relationship with EU to enter into force
  • Freedom of movement ends, new points-based immigration system comes into force
  • Existing EU trade agreements with third countries will expire in the UK unless rolled over. So far, 29 deals covering 58 countries or territories have been rolled over. Talks are still ongoing with 10 countries or blocs
  • Phase one of UK import checks introduced, covering controlled substances
  • Scottish CAP simplifications come into force


January 6


Trade Bill returns to Lords for third day of report stage


January 28


Scottish Government Budget published




Third round of negotiations for UK-New Zealand trade deal


Early 2021

  • Environment Bill returns to Commons for report stage and third reading
  • Henry Dimbleby publishes Part Two of the National Food Strategy



UK Government Budget


March 25


Welsh Government consultation on new Sustainable Farming Scheme closes




Defra event to provide more detail about future animal health schemes


April 1


Phase two of UK import checks introduced, covering products of animal origin




UK’s de-facto deadline for completing a trade deal with the US. According to insiders, it is likely to be missed


May 6

  • Scottish Parliament election
  • Senedd election
  • Local elections in England

June 30


Deadline for EU Settlement Scheme registration. Growers urged to ensure workers have applied so they can return to the UK for at least the next five years


July 1


Phase three of UK import checks introduced, covering all goods


November 1


26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)


December 2021


BPS payment cuts begin in England


Some point in 2021:

  • UK-Australia trade deal expected to be signed
  • Defra consultation on delinking and lump sum exit payments
  • Launch of English Farming Resilience Programme, providing advice to farmers hardest hit by BPS loss
  • Detailed payment rates for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) pilot published
  • Pilot for final version of SFI begins
  • English Farming Investment Fund to boost productivity opens for applications
  • Defra consultation on welfare labelling
  • Defra consultation on increased capacity requirements for slurry stores
  • Defra consultation on future of producer organisations
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