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Brexit: growing threats or growing opportunities?

The second of the Centre for Rural Economy’s new seminar series will be on Wednesday 6 March. Dr Carmen Hubbard will discuss research into the UK’s upcoming departure from the European Union (EU), and what this means for the UK agricultural sector.

The UK agri-food sector is one of the most seriously affected by Brexit.

Dependency on EU and migrant workers

Not only is it dependent on trade relations both with the EU and the rest of the world, but it is also a sector dependent on migrant labour, and the most heavily subsidised and regulated under the present Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

UK farmers are guaranteed to receive the same level of subsidy as under the CAP until the end of 2022. However, uncertainty surrounding negotiations with the EU makes planning for farm businesses very difficult.

Trade agreements and farm subsidies

The consequences of Brexit for UK agriculture will depend on two major drivers: future trade agreements and changes in farm subsidies.

The seminar will focus on the potential economic effects on UK agriculture post-Brexit, at both sector and farm level, based on modelling of selected trade and policy scenarios.

Lively discussion

Join us at 17.30 in the Clement Stephenson Lecture Theatre (Agriculture Building), for what will be an evening of lively discussion.

Future speakers in the seminar series include:

  • 1 May: Dr Menelaos Gkartzios
  • 4 June: Professor Sally Shortall
 Dr Carmen Hubbard

Dr Carmen Hubbard

Rural business opportunities will change with Brexit. The picture displays a signpost with Britain and Europe going in opposite directions.
Ours seminar focuses the potential economic effects on UK agriculture post-Brexit, at both sector and farm level.

published on: 1 March 2019