UK agriculture – trade post Brexit

07 February 2017

The EU  Energy and Environment Sub-Committee questions experts about the implications of Brexit for UK agriculture on trade with the EU and the wider world.


Tuesday 7 February in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 11.00am

  • Professor Joseph McMahon, Professor of Law, Dean of Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin
  • Professor Alan Matthews, Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy and former president of the European Association of Agricultural Economists

Possible questions

  • What are the main challenges and opportunities for the UK's trade in agricultural products (a) with the EU and (b) with the rest of the world post-Brexit?
  • What impact would a free trade agreement with the EU have on agriculture and food supply chains? Will official controls, sanitary checks etc. be needed for each movement of agricultural and food products between the UK and the EU?
  • In what ways, if any, will World Trade Organization rules affect the UK's farm policy post-Brexit?
  • To what extent can the UK restrict the import of agricultural products because they do not meet the same quality and safety standards as those applied to products produced in the UK?
  • Could the UK adopt higher standards than the EU on agriculture and food products?
  • What are the main challenges the UK would face when negotiating new free trade agreements covering agriculture with the EU, the United States, Australia, Turkey and New Zealand?

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