New Leave Alliance monograph – food exports to the EU

Outside the EU’s single market, food exports to the EU are going to face a number of obstacles. This  précis of the latest Leave Alliance monograph sets out in detail what problems may lie ahead for our agricultural sector once we leave the EU. You can also download it from the Brexit DVDs, Books and Monographs page of our website.

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  1. lord willoughby de brokeReply

    This rather depressing and downbeat paper takes the view that all is for the worst in the worst of all possible worlds. I do not wish to minimise the difficulty of the negotiations ahead but I would like to remind your readers that we are at the moment fully compliant with all EU agricultural and phytosanitary requirements and will be so compliant at the moment we leave. So we are not starting from scratch.
    It is also worth considering that while we export £18 billion worth of food and drink to the EU we import £38,5 billion from the EU. It is therefore in both the UK’s and the EU’s interest to reach a mutually acceptable solution to the undoubtedly thorny problems of EU/UK agricultural trade once we have left the EU.

  2. Gordon WebsterReply

    I agree LORD WILLOUGHBY DE BROKE. many people talk about food exports and imports without leaving their desk, or considering past history. When we joined the Common Market, we were told that food would be cheaper because of the CM and the Common Agriculture Policy. That did not happen. All we got was Food Mountains and Wine Lakes, and thanks to Brussels Central Planning to protect Landowners in France, who don’t do any farming, food prices went up.
    Similarly, the BBC and armchair experts bleat about our need for cheap Foreign Labour to bring crops in, without giving a moments thought as to how we managed it prior to 73. The answer is quite simple. Full time mothers and unemployed men went out in busses every day to pick potatoes and berries, and when the schools finished for summer their older kids went with them. 80-100 busses left Dundee Housing Schemes every summer, with ordinary people out to make a few bob extra for the Holidays or Christmas. Then we joined the Common Market, and inspectors from the Tax and Social Security were sent to chase these people off the fields.
    Politicians would rather hand out Benefits which discourage the unemployed from going out to bring in crops, than allow them to go and make a bit extra. Britain, and British Farming, is more than capable, with help, to filling the food gap left by Brussels Central Planning, and to be successful as exporters once again.

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