CLA Welcomes Leadsom Commitment to Reduce Red Tape for Farmers Post Brexit

04 January 2017

Landowners have welcomed the commitment made to reduce red tape in post-Brexit farming regulation made by Secretary of State today. Andrea Leadsom has pledged to abolish the three crop rule amid a redesign of the rules governing the way farms are regulated. The CLA, which represents more than 30,000 farmers, landowners and rural businesses, has welcomed the call and pledged to work closely with Ministers to design the best possible post Brexit farming policy for the UK.

CLA President Ross Murray said: “Brexit presents the best possible prospect to design new rules to govern the way we farm and manage land. We can achieve increased productivity and improved environmental  outcomes though a new world leading food, farming and environmental policy and we are committed to working with Ministers to deliver on this once in a generation opportunity.

“In the weeks and months ahead we will be seeking similar clarity from the Secretary of State on the financial resources necessary from Government to ensure post-Brexit farming policy is a success. A commitment to reduce red tape has to take place alongside the implementation of a new, improved and fully-funded policy of support and incentives for farmers.  Together these two elements will provide a solid foundation for improved resilience, productivity and deliver better environmental outcomes post-Brexit.

Andrea Leadsom also announced that the RPA has met its target of paying 90% of all claims under the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme being paid by the end of December.

Ross Murray said: “We commend the RPA on its success on meeting this target. We do not underestimate the complications involved in administering this system. However we will be seeking lots more detail from the RPA on what has been paid and to who. We know significant problems and complexity remain with claims dating back to 2015 and these problems continue into 2016. We now expect the RPA to focus its attention on sorting out all the remaining claims from 2015 and 2016. We will hold the Secretary of State to her commitment to not rest until every claim is paid.”