CLA statement on first International Trade Committee report

07 March 2017

The International Trade Committee  has today published its first report identifying central issues for the Government to resolve as it prepares to trigger Brexit negotiations.

Commenting on the report, CLA President Ross Murray said: “We welcome the report’s focus on the importance of the agrifood sector.

“The Committee is right to highlight the downturn in farming if the Government gets the post-Brexit trade deal wrong. Agriculture must be seen as one of the UK’s priorities when entering into trade negotiations. Without the right Free Trade Agreement with the EU in place there will be potentially devastating implications for the rural economy.

“We look forward to working with the Committee and the Government to ensure a positive outcome for agriculture in the future trading relationship the UK has with the EU.”

Click here to read the International Trade Committee report on UK trade options beyond 2019

Read the CLA’s written evidence to the inquiry here