GM regulations under review ahead of Brexit

26 October 2016

Farming Minister George Eustice said this week that as part of the preparations for EU exit, the Government is “considering possible future arrangements for the regulation of genetically modified organisms”.

His comments were made in a written Parliament answer to a question posed earlier this month by Grant Shapps MP (Welwyn Hatfield), asking Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom whether her department plans to change its policy on the use of genetically modified organisms in farming after the UK leaves the EU.

Mr Eustice responded that the Government’s general view remains that “policy and regulation in this area should be science-based and proportionate”.

Commenting on the minister’s remarks, CLA Director of Policy Christopher Price said: “The UK leaving the EU will create new opportunities to look at a range of different technologies and approaches, as part of a resilient farming sector alongside improving nature and the environment. To ensure consumers have confidence in possible future arrangements for GM and other technologies, Government will need to show leadership in demonstrating the benefits and safety.”

The CLA has published a series of briefings outlining the new opportunities for farming and the rural economy post-Brexit. Click here to read the CLA’s New Opportunities briefing which sets out the case for a world-leading UK Food, Farming and Environmental policy.