‘Business as usual’ for UK farmers
Published:  06 July, 2016

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has responded with enthusiasm to the idea that the industry will continue to have full access to Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support schemes and to the EU internal market – for the time being. 

The news comes after NFU president Meurig Raymond wrote a letter to agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan, requesting reassurance for the EU farming scheme.

In his response, commissioner Hogan explained that farmers “will continue to have full access to CAP support schemes and to the EU internal market”. The letter also said that UK farmers and paying authorities would have to comply with all existing EU legislation.

“I appreciate commissioner Hogan taking the time to prove this clarity during these uncertain times,” said Raymond.

“UK farmers welcome the fact that it is ‘business as usual’ for the time being. Existing rules – and the penalties that come with failing to comply with them – will continue to apply for the foreseeable future.

“Our focus now is on our leaders at home; we will be clarifying what we need under a new domestic farming policy and then discussing this nationally with our membership as part of the biggest farming consultation for a generation,” added Meurig.

“But we appreciate the commissioner’s support and will relay his message to our members loud and clear: business as usual.”