Theresa May has promised a Brexit that ‘supports agriculture’ in a statement released today.
The prime minister is set to outline plans at the Royal Welsh Show, where she will say the government is committed to supporting the half a million people who work in the farming industry.
The PM is aiming for a post-Brexit farming policy which works for farmers and food producers, while improving the environment by replacing the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy with a new system.
At the Royal Welsh Show, the PM will say the new plans for agriculture will look to maintain environmental protections, safeguard animal welfare and support the production of high quality food.
May said the government needs “to protect the farmed environment for future generations”, describing the process of leaving the EU as “a unique opportunity to transform our food, farming and environmental policies so we can have a healthy and prosperous agricultural industry”.
The prime minister will tell those at the Royal Welsh Show: “I want to make the most of the freedoms provided by Brexit to design a new scheme that is less bureaucratic, and does away with the overly prescriptive information farmers currently have to provide to apply for grants.
“I commend our hard working farmers up and down the country, and here in Wales, who deserve better than the fundamentally flawed CAP system. That is why I want to hear from them today about what they need so we deliver a farming policy which supports the whole industry.
“And while our proposals are for England only, I look forward to working with the farming unions, Welsh government and stakeholders to best serve our farmers here as they develop a scheme specific to Wales.”