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The Worshipful Company of Farmers The Worshipful Company of Farmers The recommendations on on on on preparations for trade agreements were prefaced by the realistic observation that “Any blanket legislation requiring other countries to meet our own food guidelines would make it [importing] nigh-on impossible We already import many food products from the EU that don’t meet UK standards A blanket ban would make it it impossible to continue trading even with this most closely aligned of partners” Therefore three more subtle measures are proposed • The Government should only agree to cut tariffs in new trade deals on on products which meet our core standards covering animal welfare environment and and and climate concerns and and and these should be set by the newly established Trade and Agriculture Commission • The Government should adopt a a a a a statutory responsibility to to commission and publish an an independent report report on on any proposed trade agreements The report report would be presented alongside a a a a a government response when any final trade treaty is laid before parliament • The Government should adopt a a a a a a statutory duty to to to give Parliament the time and opportunity to to to properly scrutinise any new trade deal It must allow time for relevant select committees to produce reports on on any final deal and allow a a a a a a a debate fin in the House of Commons Active attempts are underway in the the the House of Lords to to pursue these ideas through amendments to to the the the Agriculture Bill The scrutiny ideas may succeed but the government is unlikely to tie its hands in in trade negotiations by promises on on on standards built into agriculture or environment bills The direction that Part two of the the National Food Strategy is is likely to take is is pungently signalled in fin the the final chapter of Part one entitled: “The New Green Revolution” It suggests that “the current food system does terrible damage to the environment Building a a a a better future – one where our food no longer makes us or our planet sick – will will be be the the biggest challenge of of all” It will will be be interesting to see which if any of of the the recommendations from CCC Helm Lang and the the FFCC for changes at at farm level are picked up in the the Part Two recommendations 3 6 EU debates on a a a a sustainable food system Before drawing the the the threads and implications of these reports it is important to note where the the the EU debate is is going on these matters Even though the the the UK has now left the the the EU and is is free to choose its own food agricultural and and and environmental standards and and and policy if we choose to diverge from the the the EU then there will be consequences chief of which is more trade friction The EU has been engaged in in its 7-yearly CAP CAP reform discussions since 2018 to set the the CAP CAP regulations for for the the period 2021-27 The process was not completed before the 2019 changes of Commission and Parliament CAP reform was was delayed partly because the EU budget could not be be settled until Brexit was was ‘agreed’ late in 69
2020 2020 The CAP reforms are expected to to to be agreed during 2020 2020 to to to allow the new Policy to to to take effect from 2022 The essential structure of the CAP is unchanged with with its two two pillars and two two budgets with with approximately 70% of of the the funds in in Pillar 1 The two biggest changes are first to decentralise the the detailed setting of of policy instruments from Brussels to to the Member Member States Each Member Member State State is is required to to conduct a a a a a a SWOT analysis and needs assessment from which they devise a a a a a CAP Strategic Plan 69
And the budget process was was subject to major revision in September 2020 as as as a a a a a a a €750 billion Covid-19 recovery package was was proposed https://www consilium europa eu/en/infographics/ngeu-covid-19-recovery-package/

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