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The remit of the Farmer-Scientist Network is to bring senior and successful scientists and farmers together to work effectively with the crop and livestock sectors and interact with the supply chains linking producers to food and the many other benefits provided by agriculture.

The ‘BREXIT’ Working Party

A sub-group of the Farmer-Scientist Network was established in the summer of 2015 following concerns of the network as to the impact of Britain’s exit from the EU (BREXIT) on UK Agriculture. Farmers are uncertain what impact a UK exit from the European Union would have on their businesses. 

Led by Prof Wyn Grant, University of Warwick, a member of the Network and a Common Agricultural Policy expert. Key members of the working party include:

  • Michael Cardwell, Professor of Agricultural Law at the University of Leeds
  • Alan Greer, Associate Professor in Politics and Public Policy at the University of the West of England
  • Christopher Rodgers, Professor of Law at Newcastle University
  • Fiona Smith, Professor of International Economic Law at the University of Warwick
  • Alan Swinbank, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Reading (until July 2016)

Published February 2017

The Brexit Working Party have produced a series of papers to update and inform the farming community on the current considerations and consequences that will impact on the farming industry as we move towards developing new polices in preparation for our exit from the EU. To view these updated papers please visit 'Febraury 2017 Update'

The implications of ‘BREXIT’ for UK agriculture – a report for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, published February 2016

The purpose of the report was not to recommend how anyone should vote in the referendum on continued British membership of the EU. However, those involved in agriculture needed to be better informed about the consequences for them of a British exit. The report identified issues that needed to be clarified in the referendum debate.

Read the Executive Summary BREXIT report here

The full report ‘The implications of BREXIT for UK agriculture’ can be downloaded here

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