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Farron warns Agriculture Bill falls a long way short

by Steve Beasant on 10 October, 2018

Speaking ahead of the second reading of the Agriculture Bill today, Liberal Democrat Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokesperson Tim Farron has warned the Bill falls a long way short.

Mr Farron said:

“Reforming Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funding is long overdue, and something for which the Liberal Democrats have consistently called for. However, this Agriculture Bill falls a long way short of essential reform. Liberal Democrats demand better.

“Tory Ministers need to realise that to successfully encourage a change in the way farmers farm there must be secure funding to make it happen. That is why Liberal Democrats advocate a 25 year funding plan to fit alongside the 25 year environment plan.

“Meanwhile, this Conservative Government has also failed to guarantee that food imports into a post-Brexit UK would meet the high standards adhered to by our own farmers. If it does not, our farmers will be at a competitive disadvantage. That isn’t acceptable.”

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