No doubt we will see lots of opinion from many industries about what policy in an independent UK should look like. The NFU have published their agreed principles around which to build an agricultural policy, on which they are now going to consult with their membership.
Agriculture is a vital industry to this country but particularly to the South Lincolnshire area, but it is an industry that is probably too often overlooked by many. Not only does it contribute to the £108bn food and drink industry in the UK but provides the country with food security.
So if you are a member of the NFU, have your say, this is your chance, possibly a once in a lifetime chance, to influence policy to provide the industry with the support it deserves.
The seven agreed principles are: The best possible access to markets in the rest of Europe The continuation of 50+ trade agreements with countries in the rest of the world A ban on imports produced to lower standards than in the UK A student agricultural workers scheme – open to students from around the world Support to farmers on a par with support given to farmers in the EU A rural development policy which focuses on enhancing competitiveness Regulation that is proportionate and based on sound science