The CLA View

16 January 2019

Ben Underwood looks ahead to 2019

If there is one thing that is certain from the political developments of this week, it is that we are set for more uncertainty. And for those in farming and other rural industries that is the last thing we need.

With the Prime Minister losing the Brexit vote at this critical stage rural businesses continue to face significant questions on the nature of the UK’s departure from the EU. With Brexit less than three months away we need urgent clarity from Theresa May on how she plans to deliver a Brexit that provides the opportunities that leaving the EU presents, whilst ensuring no harm to farming, the rural economy and communities across the countryside. This must include free and frictionless trade between the UK and EU, on which many rural businesses depend.

From funding to labour supply, businesses in our region need certainty and assurances to operate and plan for the future. They cannot do this with the current political confusion. We have said for some time now that the bedrock of success for Brexit must include a profitable and thriving farming and food industry, critically backed by a sufficiently robust long term budget. It is a message that the CLA has delivered to Government on a number of occasions and will continue to do so in the coming months as further momentous political developments unfold.

We will continue to seek clarity on the issues that matter most to you and will have regular dialogue with those within Westminster to ensure the rural voice is heard loud and clear.