The referendum decision to leave the European Union will result in greater changes to the rural economy than any decision taken in the past 40 years.
Throughout the referendum campaign the CLA set out the decisions that ministers must make to secure the immediate future of the rural economy in the result of a vote to leave the EU.
We are now committed to working with Government on behalf of our members to ensure the security of the rural economy. We are confident in the ability of farmers and rural businesses to create new opportunities in the future outside the EU but there must be a framework in place that allows them to do this.
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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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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Leave or Remain
Click here or on the icon below to read the CLA's Leave or Remain report which set out the decisions that politicians must make to support the rural economy ahead of the EU referendum.
See below for news, updates and media releases on the Brexit decision and the CLA's New Opportunities briefing series.
The Prime Minister has today set out three key positions on UK Brexit policy.
The CLA is one of 63 signatories to the letter setting out the importance of retaining best possible access to the single market and retaining access to the labour it needs.
CLA Cymru is calling on Welsh Government and Welsh MPs to ensure that the distinct needs and opportunities for farming and the rural economy in Wales are not forgotten in the development of a UK-specific policy to succeed the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
CLA President Ross Murray has welcomed Government's commitment to promoting British exports through the UK Food and Drink International Action Plan 2016-2020.
At a series of seminars, roundtables and meetings held from Cornwall to Northumberland, CLA members, MPs and other local influencers have called on Government to deliver new opportunities for the rural economy.
The Cotswolds and the Gower Peninsula in Wales could be at risk if the Government does not produce a world-leading policy for food, faming and the environment post-Brexit.
Government should avoid chaos and disruption by balancing the need for regulatory continuity with the opportunity to change specific EU regulations which work poorly for UK rural businesses, consumers and the countryside, says the CLA
Help us secure the certainties that farmers, landowners and rural businesses need to create new opportunities outside the European Union.
The CLA is asking more than 200 MPs in rural areas to take action to help secure a strong future for the rural economy and the environment by supporting the CLA New Opportunities campaign.
CLA President Ross Murray has responded to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)’s report published today on the future of farming outside the EU.
New data showing a sharp decline in the planting of new productive British woodland highlights why the UK must grasp the opportunity created by Brexit for a better policy on woodland creation and management.
Treasury ministers have pledged that payments to farmers currently provided under the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will continue “with the current level of funding” until the end of 2020.
CLA President Ross Murray comments in response to the National Trust’s vision for the countryside post-Brexit.
An early commitment is needed from the Home Secretary to establish post-Brexit sector schemes that will enable farms and other rural businesses to keep employing workers from the EU and beyond as well as UK workers, says the CLA.
Failure to secure strong trade opportunities for agricultural products will put UK food security and the environment at risk, the CLA is warning after agriculture was ignored in yesterday’s Department for International Trade Ministerial portfolio announcement.
Government and farmers together have a unique opportunity to establish a new, world-leading UK Food, Farming and Environmental policy and create better outcomes than the EU Common Agricultural Policy for our agriculture sector, the rural economy and the environment.
CLA President Ross Murray has signalled his confidence in the ability of farmers and other rural businesses to create opportunities in the future outside the European Union following the dramatic outcome of the referendum.
CLA analysis has shown that people in rural areas voted to leave the EU in greater numbers than the national average.
In an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning CLA President Ross Murray called on Government to dispel confusion and uncertainty by setting out the Government’s Plan B for farming in case of a Brexit scenario.
CLA members met with Members of the European Parliament in Brussels this week to discuss the impacts of the EU referendum on rural businesses in the UK
The CLA has warned of risks to rural jobs and to investment in the rural economy if Ministers fail to plan for Brexit.
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.
A House of Lords report which sets out a new vision for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) clearly demonstrates why Government must commit to maintaining direct land management payments to farmers whatever the outcome of the EU Referendum, according to the CLA.
Farming Minister George Eustice has declared his support for the case for the UK to leave the EU.
The CLA is calling on the Leave and Remain campaigns to ensure the concerns of farmers and the wider rural economy are not ignored as the campaign begins in earnest.