Leaving the EU: Agriculture and the Food Industry

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – in the House of Commons on 17th June 2021.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

What recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK’s departure from the EU on agriculture and the food industry.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Farm incomes are heavily influenced by exchange rates, and in the aftermath of the 2016 referendum there was an immediate boost to farm profitability and that has remained the case since. For the first time in 50 years, we are also free to create an independent agriculture policy that works for our own farmers. Our future agriculture policy will support farmers to farm sustainably, to make space for nature in the farmed landscape, and to improve their profitability.

Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

I thank the most excellent Secretary of State for that response. Is he as fed up as I am with doom and gloom from those on the Opposition Benches when our farmers do such a good job? Coming out of the EU allows them to turbocharge their exports. Get rid of that lot and concentrate on the good stuff that we are doing.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

My hon. Friend makes a very important point. British agriculture in many sectors is world-beating, world-leading, competes internationally and can export internationally. We will be announcing plans to increase the support that we offer to exporters, and there are important opportunities for our goods in some of the Asian markets.