The farming minister said he believed leaving the EU was the right choice for the agricultural industry
It will be ‘easier than most people imagine’ to put together ‘some kind of access to the single market, according to Farming Minister George Eustice.
Speaking at Semex dairy conference in Glasgow today (January 16), Mr Eustice said: “The UK is a big import market, an incredibly important market to the EU.
“One of the failings of the remain campaign was it misjudged the negotiating hand we have.”
Mr Eustice said he believed he had been right to campaign for Brexit before the EU referendum.
“I believe very strongly it is right for the country and agricultural industry,” he said.
“I am very privileged to be the first farming minister in 25 years to have the power to get things done.”
He discussed options for the government’s role in post-Brexit agriculture including looking into futures markets or a ‘US and Canada style’ risk insurance scheme.
He also highlighted more transparency for the dairy supply chain.
“For supply chain fairness, need to look if we can formalise things like producer organisations so suppliers have a role in the food chain.”
Mr Eustice said the future role of Government in farming would be ‘more local’.
“It will be the first time in half a century we will be able to design something to work for UK.”
He also moved to reassure farmers concerned about access to European labour.
“The crucial thing to understand: it does not mean pulling up the drawbridge, controlled immigration to bring in who we need,” he said.
“It will be up to us to design policies right for us.”