What's the issue?
Leaving the EU means leaving the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). CAP is the EU policy that provides financial support to farmers. CAP also funds national Rural Development Programmes which support rural areas to meet a wide range of economic, environmental, and social challenges.
Brexit therefore provides an opportunity to develop a new system to support a strong, competitive, and innovative food industry which enjoys the confidence of customers at home and abroad.
If passed, the Agriculture Bill, will give the UK government the power to allocate funds to agriculture in England. The central pillar of the legislation is that public money should support public goods that benefit producers, consumers, and wider society. The Bill provides powers to Ministers in Wales and Northern Ireland to establish their own bespoke systems of farmer support.
What's our view?
Vets play a crucial role from the farm-gate through to trade certification and border checks, so it’s vital that the UK governments use veterinary expertise in the development and delivery of any new policy and plans.
Our vision for post-Brexit agriculture policy puts animal health and welfare support as public goods at its centre. We are calling for public money to be used ambitiously, maximising its impact and incentivising innovation.
Farming support should take into account cross-government priorities. An effective system will benefit other government policies including post-Brexit trade policy, the industrial strategy, and the strategy to tackle antibiotic resistance (AMR).
We have been actively engaging with the UK governments. We responded to consultations making our case to the UK government (for England), Scottish Government,Welsh Government, and the DAERA in Northern Ireland.