Leaving the EU: The Impact on Wales - FOOD A report for Jill Evans MEP
Brexit poses a challenge of historic proportions for the Welsh food industry.
While we don’t yet know the EU exit terms, reputable analysis points to some likely key effects:
- There will be economic uncertainty for at least a decade, particularly if exiting the European Union includes leaving the Single Market and Customs Union and having to trade on WTO terms.
- There will be losses, including loss of a known support system for agriculture, fishing and environmentally positive land management.
- There may be risks to food safety and security unless the comprehensive EU regulations that safeguard the quality and safety of our food are fully and firmly embedded into UK law.
Egino’s research for Jill Evans MEP found that Brexit could hit Welsh farming hard and early.
Depending on withdrawal terms, it may be very difficult to retain EU markets for Welsh agricultural exports in the face of higher export costs, including for Welsh lamb. This, plus the loss of support payments under the Common Agricultural Policy, suggests farmers and food sector workers face an income shock.
There may be daunting times ahead too for Welsh rural life, the Welsh language and culture, and for environmental standards.
The public’s access to safe, secure and affordable food may be at risk too if we find ourselves outside the current European framework, especially if the UK compromises on standards in order to win trade deals.
The report is available from Jill Evans MEP: 01443 441295 / [email protected]