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Food & Farming

Since leaving the EU, there’s been a policy vacuum in agriculture. We’ll maintain payments to family farming businesses while accelerating the rollout of the better Environmental Land Management schemes. We’ll increase the farming budget by £1 billion a year to support a transition to nature-friendly farming.

In its haste to show progress the government has agreed bad trade deals with Australia and New Zealand which undermine UK food production standards. We must not let our farmers be undercut by lower quality products and we’ll renegotiate where necessary.

We will stand up for Britain’s farmers and enable them to trade more easily with our European neighbours by negotiating comprehensive veterinary and plant health agreements. Far from cutting red tape, a clumsy Brexit has made things very much worse!

We’ll help farmers restore woodland and peatland, create new natural flood protections and manage land to encourage species recovery and carbon storage, on marginal land, which does not significantly contribute to food security.

  • Maintain EU subsidies until new system is in place
  • Prevent undercutting of standards by foreign imports
  • Support for environmental adjustments

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