Today I am announcing that the amount transferred from farmers’ Pillar 1 direct payments to Pillar 2 rural development in England will remain at 12% for 2019 and 2020.
Leaving the EU presents an unprecedented opportunity to develop a new system that works for us. The Government has committed to maintain the same total in cash funds until the end of this parliament. As we prepare to leave, we will work with farmers, food producers and environmental experts across the United Kingdom and with the devolved administrations to devise a new agri-environment system, to be introduced in the following parliament.
I have, therefore, concluded that the inter-pillar transfer should remain unchanged in England under the current Common Agricultural Policy framework.
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: