On 1 January 2021 the UK and EU took different paths. But they remain inextricably linked.
Overnight, the UK became the EU’s biggest agri-food export market, overtaking the US, and overtook Brazil as the number one importer. So despite Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, agricultural trade and policies will see continuing interaction and effect.
Panellists from the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands and the European Commission will participate in ENAJ's second webinar, focusing on Brexit.
The 90-minute session – scheduled for 3pm on Thursday February 25th – will look at how Brexit is ‘bedding-in’ since January 1st and examine what the future holds for British agricultural policy: in particular, how will it contrast with reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) under the European Green Deal, and where is divergence likely to occur?
- Nick von Westenholz, Director of Trade and Business Strategy at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and previously its Director of EU Exit
- Tim Heddema, Agricultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the UK
- Padraig Brennan, Director, Bord Bia (Irish Food Board)
- Ciaran Devlin, departmental lead at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), responsible for the new Environmental Land Management schemes (ELMs) that will take the place of direct payments
- a spokesperson from the European Commission.
UK agricultural journalist Cedric Porter, editor of the monthly Brexit Food & Farming briefing, will moderate this 90-minute webinar.