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UK agriculture – farming and food supply post-Brexit

08 February 2017

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee continues its inquiry into the implications of Brexit for agriculture by questioning farmers and food processing organisations.

Witnesses

Wednesday 8 February in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Guy Smith, Vice President, National Farmers' Union
  • Wesley Acton, Chief Executive, Ulster Farmers' Union

At 11.45am

  • Peter Hardwick, Head of Exports, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
  • Ian Wright, Director General, Food and Drink Federation
  • Jan Woolven, Strategy and Innovation Director, Institute of Grocery Distribution

Possible questions

Session at 10.30am

  • What are the key opportunities and challenges for UK agriculture arising from the decision to withdraw from the EU in the short and medium term?
  • How important is access to labour from the EU? Is there a distinction between skilled and unskilled labour?
  • Would you like to see Common Agricultural Policy subsidies replaced by UK subsidies, on what grounds and in what form?
  • What value and volume of your members’ trade is with the EU?  Does this vary between sectors?  Are there potential significant or new markets for your members that are non-EU?
  • What steps must the Government take to ensure that UK farmers are competitive in the global market?

Session at 11.45am

  • What are the key opportunities and challenges for UK agriculture, food and food processing arising from the decision to withdraw from the EU in the short and medium term?
  • How important is access to labour from the EU? Is there a distinction between skilled and unskilled labour?
  • What are the implications of Brexit for the supply of affordable and good-quality food in the UK? Are there particular implications for standards, traceability or consumer preference?
  • Should the Government review, diminish or strengthen existing EU Regulations and/or Directives, as transposed in the UK, that affect agriculture and food?
  • What would be the impact of new or more comprehensive customs checks, certification requirements and other non-tariff barriers?

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