BREXIT & Agriculture

The Farmer-Scientist Network consists of specialised academics and farmers, spanning small and large successful businesses in the region with a common goal to encourage sustainable productivity and support the changes that are urgently needed to bring innovation into farming.

The ‘BREXIT’ Working Party

A sub-group of the 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.  The sub-group is led by Prof Wyn Grant, University of Warwick, a member of the Network and a Common Agricultural Policy expert. Academic members 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 School of Law, University of Leeds
  • Mark Reed, Chair for N8 Agrifood, University of Newcastle
  • Finn Barlow-Duncan, iCASP Impact Officer, University of Leeds

Farming members include:

Peter Trickett, Richard Findlay, Richard Bramley, James Mills and James Hopwood.

Interim report published November 2017

The Brexit Working Party produced an interim report to summarise their recent workshop held in York in November 2017 which brought together farmers (from a range of farm businesses) and academics to discuss policy instruments for domestic agricultural policy after Brexit. The Brexit Working Party will be focussing on the 7 identified themes detailed in the document over the coming months.

You can read the report here:

Published February 2017

The Brexit Working Party 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

Brexit For Agriculture Farmer Scientist Network

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