New Opportunities

Following the EU Referendum, the CLA along with Scottish Land & Estates published a series of briefings outlining the new opportunities for the rural economy in post-Brexit Britain. These focus on direct support, trade, regulation, labour and devolution.

Direct Support

The first in the series outlines the six principles for building a more competitive and sustainable rural economy through a world-leading Food, Farming and Environmental policy. This briefing explains why a UK policy is necessary and highlights the scale and scope of what is required.

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The second briefing outlines the need for a trade policy that creates markets for farmers at home and abroad. As the ministerial portfolios for the Department for International Trade have been confirmed, it has become clear that no minister has the sole responsibility for agriculture. In this briefing, we make the case for a trade policy that will allow UK farmers and rural businesses to compete on an international platform.

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The third brieing in the series calls on Government to overhaul specific EU regulations that work poorly for UK rural businesses, consumers and the countryside in time for Brexit. These regulations include the Three Crop Rule for farmers, plant protection product licensing and the one-size-fits-all approach to Energy Performance Certificates.

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Labour Market

The rural economy will be particularly affected by changes to policies on employing migrant workers from the EU post-Brexit and that uncertainty may affect investments and job creation in the rural sector. The fourth briefing in the New Opprotunities series calls on Government to allay concerns by confirming the status of EU migrants already resident in the UK and committing to establishing sector specific schemes for seasonal and skilled workers.

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Brexit does not roll back devolution, but there will be a new dynamic in the relationship between Westminster and the Senedd and Holyrood. In this briefing we argue that politicians in Cardiff and Edinburgh must commit to helping rural businesses in Wales and Scotland prosper from the new arrangements while ensuring that the distinct needs and opportunities for farming and the rural economy in the devolved nations are not forgotten in the development of a UK-specific policy to succeed the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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See below for more details on the New Opportunities engagement campaign