This briefing note focuses on the Government's no dealy import tarriff policy and is based on published information and discussion with the Defra trade policy team, and the CLA’s own analysis.
MPs debated the Agriculture Bill for the first time on 10 October at what is called Second Reading. This is a chance for MPs to debate the principles of the Bill before it moves to more detailed scrutiny. The CLA has produced a short summary of the debate for members highlighting the key points and what they mean for farmers and landowners.
The UK Government's consultation on future farming policy post-Brexit has been published. This long-anticipated consultation paper is the pre-cursor to promised legislation that is required to manage the transition of the UK’s farming industry out of the EU and the Common Agricultural Policy.
CLA Cymru has produced a briefing note explaining how the relationship between the Welsh and UK governments is adding an additional level of complexity to the Brexit debate.
The European Union has decided to implement a series of “greening simplifications” due to come into effect for the 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). The CLA lobbied Defra not to support the proposals on the basis that the greening changes would not provide the desired environmental outcomes and the short timescales for implementation and lack of clear guidance would cause problems. However, they will now become part of the BPS requirements. Some aspects of the changes are clear, but the details of others are still be agreed. This briefing note covers the planned changes and how they may impact upon members’ BPS applications for 2018. The CLA is lobbying for official guidance from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) which is anticipated to be released in September.
A case of avian influenza H5N8 has been confirmed in a commercial flock of farmed breeding pheasants in Pilling, Preston, Lancashire. Defra have put in place a 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.
As H5N8 bird flu continues to be found in wild birds and some kept flocks in the UK, government has joined with leading countryside organisations including the CLA to issue the following important information on avian flu to all involved with gamebirds.