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Dairy Farmer magazine's December 2017 digital edition

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A word from the Editor

 

It may be that March 29, 2019, seems a lifetime away, but on that day at 11pm (midnight Brussels time) we will leave the EU.

 

Theresa May’s decision to put an absolute deadline on things has only served to pepper the Parliamentary chaos with new mutineers, and follows from David Davis’ long awaited announcement to give Parliament a vote on the draft settlement. The default position seems to be no settlement, no vote and a lapse into a hard Brexit.

 

Which would bring chaos as new topsyturvy tariffs start to bite and leaves the likes of the Welsh lamb producers wondering what on earth they have to do to continue getting their succulent offering onto French dinner plates.

 

But fear not, our Secretary of State has the job in hand. “British farmers are the best in the world and it is right for us to help them,” he told Andrew Marr on Sunday.

 

Just how he was going to do that was not spelled out, but the desire for more trees and more birds seemed at the forefront of his mind.

 

Pressed on the need for some urgency, he simply said: “It is my job to make sure everything is in place for every eventuality.”

 

We don’t know to what extent UK Arla boss, Tomas Pietrangeli, would be reassured by that, but he was adamant when he spoke at the World Dairy Summit a week earlier. He said: “The farmers that own Arla and the dairy industry as a whole need to know urgently what the Government plans look like for the future of food and farming.”

 

Stressing the urgency of it for forward planning, he wanted to know, with only 16 short months left, exactly when Mr Gove was likely to deliver his plan for agriculture. He seems to have one for the environment with his Green Brexit, but just what drawer the plan for agriculture lies in we don’t yet know.

 

Leastways if Mr Gove says he has got every eventuality covered then we should be reassured. Shouldn’t we?

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