Over the last two weeks the discussion in the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament has been dominated by the impact of Brexit on this sector across the EU and more specifically the huge repercussions it is set to have on the EU’s budget including the Common Agriculture Policy. The UK’s withdrawal will cause an annual €10bn shortfall in the budget of which at least €3bn will be removed from the CAP.
The cut to the EU budget was the topic of a hearing in the Parliament last Thursday and you can watch my interjection below.
The discussion in the Committee coincided with the adoption by the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament of a position papers on the future of agriculture in Europe. I was involved in the drafting of the paper and my amendments on agro-forestry and on Brexit were incorporated - you can read the full position paper here: http://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/position-papers/agriculture-we-need. I am also pleased to see that the paper outlines a more social agriculture model, which the UK could look to replicate to some degree post-Brexit.