The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has laid out its proposals for a draft £3 billion post-Brexit UK agricultural support policy that would replace the current system of area payments.
The Government should implement a £3 billion farm support policy but abandon area payments if the UK votes to leave the EU in June, according to the Tenants Farmers Association (TFA).
The TFA’s draft of a potential agricultural policy in the event the UK voted to leave the EU on June 23 includes 14 ‘suggested mechanisms’ ranging from more powers for the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) to various strands of financial support for farmers.
It wants any policy put in place to replace the CAP to include the objectives of helping to correct market failure, reducing the UK’s reliance on imported food and ensuring reasonable standards of living for farmers.
Proposed financial support measures include:
Other proposed measures include:
To see the TFA's full paper, click here
To read more about what could replace the CAP, see our latest Brexit Briefing here
The TFA said its paper was ‘offered as a draft for discussion and debate’ and is calling for comments and thoughts from anyone with an interest in this policy area.
TFA chief executive George Dunn said: “The debate about our membership of the EU has got to be more than about subsidy payments.
"We should be looking at many other areas including developing fairer supply chains, ensuring protection against inappropriate trading practices, creating a proper and progressive farming ladder and protecting the British brand.
"The TFA’s draft policy addresses these and other areas."
He said the TFA could not advocate leaving the EU 'without a credible plan for what a post-EU Britain would look like'.
“However, we have promised our members that we will keep this under review as new information becomes available in advance of the Referendum”.
“Sadly, whilst there has been significant amounts of rhetoric, soundbites, claim and counterclaim from both sides of the campaign this has provided rather more heat than light."
He added: “As I travel around the country, many farmers in their heart of hearts would like to see Britain leave the EU.
"They find it attractive to consider a future of self-determination, of clear policies which would deliver a vibrant and prosperous agricultural industry, resilient against volatility and proudly supported by our own Government."
"However, they simply do not trust that British politicians would ever deliver such a vision and are therefore more likely to vote to remain within the EU.
"Perhaps the choice to leave would be made easier if they knew that this would also lead to a change in Government to deliver a pre-agreed agricultural policy for Britain. However this is not on offer."