From 2021, Farmers will no longer benefit from the Common Agricultural Policy which funds UK agriculture at £3.5 billion annually. The Agriculture Bill provides the legislative framework for the replacement agricultural support schemes. The Government have described it as ‘landmark legislation to boost productivity and reward environmental improvements for decades to come.’
An amendment tabled by Neil Parish seeking to protect UK farmers from low-standard food imports was defeated. This would have prevented future trade deals allowing the importation of food that is below current standards. There have been several previous commitments to safeguard them. Liz Truss has stated that a US Trade deal does not mean that food standards would be lowered. Farmers have criticised the MPs of rural constituencies that voted against the amendment.
The Government have been criticised for rushing through legislation instead of introducing a new fit-for-purpose schemes that will ‘stand the test of time’.