CLA reacts to Boris Johnson becoming new Prime Minister

23 July 2019

Boris Johnson

Commenting on the election of Mr Johnson as leader of the Conservative party and PM, Tim Breitmeyer President of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) said:

“We congratulate Mr Johnson on his victory and look forward to working together to realising the immense potential of the rural economy.

“The campaign is over and now the serious work of Government must begin. The rhetoric of No Deal must not be allowed to become the political default option. So too must the EU realise that the political dynamic has changed in the UK, and that a return to the negotiation table is the best way to ensure a smooth and orderly transition.

“In the long term it will be possible for rural businesses to adapt to the changing political landscape, just as they always have done. But for the immediate future, the uncertainty is deeply concerning and brings in to sharp focus the need for a long term funding settlement to replace the Common Agricultural Policy. This would provide much needed reassurance for farmers in uncertain times.

“The UK has a growing global reputation for its food production. In any future trade discussions our high standards must not be up for negotiation. Quite the opposite. They are our biggest selling point, and the Government must fly the flag for British produce loudly and proudly.”