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The UK has a golden opportunity to create an agricultural policy that is nature friendly

Prince William and David Attenborough on climate change deniers A new system that brings agriculture and ecology together is being taken seriously at Downing Street, with November 2020’s Agriculture Bill one example of how the Government is attempting to make agriculture “work with nature rather than against it”. This “transformative legislation” sets out how farmers […]

EU avoided chaos, explored new paths in turbulent 2020 yea…

EU avoided chaos, explored new paths in turbulent 2020 yea...

Between the specter of Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic and a new leadership team facing a budget battle, the European Union looked set to remember 2020 as an “annus horribilis.” Instead, a last-minute trade deal with the United Kingdom coupled with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the final days of the year produced a sense […]

EU leaders sign Brexit deal as UK MPs debate ratification

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel show signed Brexit trade agreement due to come into force on January 1, 2021, in Brussels, Belgium December 30, 2020 Reuters Britain will leave the European single market and customs union at 2300 GMT on Thursday EU leaders signed their post-Brexit trade […]

Britain’s farmers face double uncertainty with Brexit and subsidy overhaul

Closer to home, UK farmers are grappling with changes to subsidies which have been laid out in the Environment Land Management Scheme.

David Exwood’s glossy, chestnut-brown Sussex cattle are brought in during the winter months and, apart from the bellowing that comes from their barns, his 1,000 hectare farm is quiet. But while the inaction on his farm, near Horsham, southeast England, is typical of many in the colder months, it belies tensions across British agriculture as […]

Brexit is finally done, but it already seems out of date

The port of Dover, England, Dec 18, 2020. Andrew Testa/The New York Times

The world has changed radically since June 2016, when a narrow majority of people in Britain voted to leave the European Union, tempted by an argument that the country would prosper by throwing off the bureaucratic shackles of Brussels. In those days, the vision of an agile, independent Britain — free to develop profitable, next-generation […]

UK readies navy to protect fishing if Brexit talks fail

British government Brexit information campaign advertisement is seen along the M25 near Westerham, in Kent on December 12, 2020 Reuters Four 80-metre vessels have been placed on standby to guard British waters Britain on Saturday readied armed Royal Navy ships to patrol its fishing waters if tempers flare after a “no-deal” Brexit as a make-or-break […]