Scottish farmers receive 16 per cent of the UK’s overall common agricultural policy (CAP) funding under the EU system, including 85 per cent of less-favoured area payments which are given to farmers in remote areas and where the land is difficult to cultivate.
A new analysis by business group IBEC suggests that Brexit could hit farm incomes by as much as €3,000. It comes as a recent report by InterTradeIreland and the ESRI quantified the expected impact on the food and drink sector of a ‘Hard’ Brexit. The report showed that in a worst case scenario (with WTO...
Britain’s exit from the European Union poses a “formidable” challenge to the equine industry and could potentially result in multiple border checkpoints for the thousands of horses entering Ireland every year from the UK, according to experts.
The head of a top Northern Ireland salad processor has called for more certainty on Brexit as he said his EU workers were ‘deeply concerned’ for their future. John McCann, founder of Willowbrook Foods in Co Down, said workers should be offered ‘dual citizenship’ to allow them to remain here after Brexit.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said subsidies would have to be earned rather than handed out under his vision for a “green Brexit”. Plaid’s farming spokesman Ben Lake said it was an “economically toxic” threat to the livelihoods of food producers.