Potential benefits and pitfalls of Brexit for British Farmers

David Cameron has announced a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union to be held on Thursday 23 June. The lead up to the announcement has inevitably focused our attention on the complexities and potential impact of Brexit on British farmers.

Two recent reports have considered the practical implications of leaving Europe.

The first report was commissioned by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society written by Professor Wynn Grant of the University of Warwick and the Farmer-Scientist Network and it covers a range of topics from the impact upon single farm payments, regulation, world trade through to the impact upon migrant labour. The second paper is a 70 page report titled “Preparing for Brexit” prepared by the independent London based analysts Agra Europe, who track EU and UK policy.

There are unsurprisingly a number of common themes which are worth consideration

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