Britain will leave the Common Agricultural Policy as it leaves the European Union in March 2019, Scotland Office Minister Lord Duncan said today.
Commenting, Tim Farron MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“This is yet more evidence of ministers simply making it up on the hoof. Their recklessness is putting British farming at risk. There is little evidence that the Government will have the capacity to smoothly establish and run a completely new system of agricultural subsidies by March 2019.
“And it is hard to square this with Theresa May’s stated aim of getting a transitional deal with the EU that retains the same rules and regulations as we have now. Farmers, like everyone, want to hear a plan about where we are heading, not random and inconsistent announcements.
“The Government should be looking to negotiate a transitional arrangement for agriculture that keeps Britain in the CAP long enough to manage a smooth change to a new system. And Ministers must guarantee that British farmers will not be left any worse off by Brexit.”
Notes to editors:
Lord Duncan’s comments are reported here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-41775222