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Truss: Existing farming policies remain until UK leaves EU

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The Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has re-assured farmers that current policies for agricultural will remain in place until the UK leaves the EU.

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Truss said there would be no immediate changes to agricultural policy, giving the current turbulent scenario a much needed levelling.

"There will be no immediate changes – until we leave the EU current arrangements for farming and our environment remain in place."

Meanwhile, NFU President Meurig Raymond has written to EU Commissioner Phil Hogan calling for reassurance that schemes currently available to UK farmers remain open and in place until 2020.

"We are in a period of extreme uncertainty," said Mr Raymond, "but one thing remains absolutely clear; the role of the NFU in lobbying government to ensure that the policies developed in the coming weeks and months will focus on securing a profitable, productive and competitive farming industry.

"Speaking with Commissioner Hogan, I outlined the need to secure the best possible access to markets in the rest of Europe. Although we will not be a member of the EU, it will still be our major trading partner for the foreseeable future.

"Leaving the EU gives us the opportunity to build a new British agricultural policy which is adapted to our needs - one that’s easy to understand and simple to administer.

"We have a golden opportunity to ensure our arrangements in the future are proportionate and decisions are based on sound science.

"We will be looking for guarantees from government that the support given to our farmers is equal to that given to farmers in the EU, who will still be our principal competitors.

"To move forwards with this strategy we are holding an Extraordinary NFU Council meeting in London on July 1 where we will draft and agree core principles needed for farming in England and Wales.

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