CLA sets out red lines for food and farming in UK/EU trade deal

The CLA has set out the red lines which must not be crossed to secure the best possible trade deal for UK food and farming ahead of Article 50 being triggered on 29th March.

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The CLA has set out the red lines which must not be crossed to secure the best possible trade deal for UK food and farming as the Prime Minister readies herself to trigger Article 50 which will formally begin the process of exiting the European Union.

In its new briefing document, How to establish a UK/EU Free Trade Agreement that works for the food and farming industry, the CLA explains why getting the right deal is so important, what red lines the UK government must not cross in negotiations with the EU and what the impact will be on the wider rural economy if the deal does not work in the best interests of the industry.

Future reliant on sound trading relationship
CLA President Ross Murray said:

“Brexit is an opportunity for farmers but our future is reliant on having a sound trading relationship which suits both the UK and the EU. We have set out the red lines that the UK should not cross when negotiating the free trade agreement for the sector.

“We understand that the challenge ahead is a collective one. We are ready to work closely with Ministers and fellow farmers across the EU, to ensure we get the best possible deal for UK food and farming.”

Red lines
Red lines the CLA says should not be crossed by the UK Government when negotiating the best possible free trade agreement for food and farming are:

  • the UK must not unilaterally reduce its tariffs from those it currently applies as a member of the EU,
  • UK producers must continue to benefit from Protected Designation of Origin and Protected Geographical Indication so Melton Mowbray pork pies and Welsh lamb cannot be replicated elsewhere,
  • UK farmers who want to comply with EU regulations and trade with the EU must be able to do so and,
  • there must be minimal friction for imports and exports between the UK and EU.

UK/EU negotiations
Following the triggering of Article 50, the UK/EU negotiations will commence. A series of ‘negotiating rounds’ will take place over the course of two years in which the terms of UK exit and the basis upon which future trade relations will take place will be established.

The CLA will be feeding in views to the Government via Defra and the Department for Exiting the European Union, as well as holding engagement meetings with European organisations in the weeks ahead.

Policy briefing
Read CLA’s How to Trade policy briefing below. Click on full screen icon to see larger version.

Monday, 20th March, 2017 11:56am



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  1. Steve Goodman

    20.Mar.2017 2:15pm

    As we have all been shown that crossing red lines with impunity is another nasty new normal for much bigger things (like defiant N. Korean missile firing breaches, chemical weapons use in Syria, Russian aggression, Chinese expansion, atmospheric carbon and other catastrophic pollution levels, global temperature rise, etc.), and having seen that because too few of our citizens have the will or the skill to fill the holes in our food and farming workforce we have become dependant on (apparently mainly EU) immigrant workers, and knowing that we now have little if anything to bargain with, may we please now have something more usefully reassuring from our proud brexit brethren than the usual ‘nothing to worry about, rejoice, it will all be great just because we say so’ puff?

  2. electrickery

    20.Mar.2017 3:00pm

    By what crass naivety do folks think that Britain (or what’s left of it) is going to come out of Brexit with anything less than a disaster?
    The Tory government, desperate not to give ground to the useless Kippers, has taken us into this and now they wish it would all go away. Meanwhile Labour can’t decide what they think.

    Our only hope is a general election, where a realistic policy group takes control and backs us out of this ridiculous situation.

    What group is that, you ask? The Greens, of course. Is the long-awaited Green Revolution upon us? There are plenty of candidates out there, both locally and nationally. Suddenly, Progress looks Green.

  3. The CLA need to grow a pair and actually say ‘we would be much better staying in the EU, please stop this madness, you idiots’.

    Unfortunately until they do that, they’re just going to spend time wearing out red marker pens drawing red lines for the government to wander moronically across because the CLA haven’t figured out despite food being really important the 1.5% of the population who work in farming don’t matter one iota to the Tory Party any more.

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