The rural economy has been shaped by the agricultural and environmental policies of the European Union (EU). For more than 40 years the EU has provided the regulatory framework that governs the environment, trading relationships and the way business operates, and is the basis of significant investment decisions. Any change to the UK’s relationship with the EU has an impact on the rural economy and the way we manage our environment and landscapes.
Throughout the referendum campaign, the CLA did not seek to suggest how our members should vote in the referendum. Instead we called to ensure that those leading the debate on both sides were challenged with the right questions about how the rural economy would be sustained in the event of either outcome.
The CLA's Leave or Remain report set out the decisions that ministers must make to secure the immediate future of the rural economy ahead of the vote to leave the EU.
Click here to download a print version of Leave or Remain: The Decisions that Politicians must make to support the Rural Economy or click on the image below to read online.
To find out more about the contents of the report, click on the links below.
The issues related to UK membership of the EU are many and complex.
As the referendum moves closer the two ‘campaigns’ are setting out their case to voters.
Politicians and other campaigners often talk about different ways in which the UK outside the EU could establish a new trade relationship with the EU, provid
The EU allocates funding to the UK through a number of programmes that are agreed by the Member States.