Leaving the EU means that Westminster and devolved administrations will no longer be bound by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which provides an extensive framework upon which many things in the agricultural industry are based. Freedom from CAP provides the opportunity to shape a UK and Scottish-focused farming industry, but also carries a risk that environmental support could wane. Much of the environmental protection legislation in the UK derives from EU directives, and there are concerns in some quarters that this protection may be lost post-Brexit.
The future of the UK agricultural industry and health of our wider natural environment will depend on the shape of UK law when it is independent of EU legislation. The GWCT views this as an opportunity to encourage a thriving and sustainable farming sector, beneficial to both agriculture and wildlife simultaneously.
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