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Government agrees to establish a Trade and Agriculture Commission

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Government agrees to establish a Trade and Agriculture Commission

Liz Truss, Secretary of State for International Trade, has recently announced that the Government will create a Trade and Agriculture Commission to provide recommendations towards agricultural trade policy, higher animal welfare standards as well as export opportunities for UK agriculture. The announcement was made on Twitter and reported by the NFU.

 NFU President Minette Batters has called the government announcement of a Trade and Agriculture Commission a “hugely important development”.   She said: “I am very pleased that the government is taking concrete action to address the challenges of safeguarding our high food and farming standards by agreeing to set up a Trade and Agriculture Commission, something we first called for over 18 months ago. This is a hugely important development.

This new commission comes, in part, as a result of recent public backlash towards the Agriculture Bill which the government continues to push with a view to obtaining Royal Consent in time for the planned 2021 transition away from direct payments.  For advice and assistance in the future structuring of your business, do not hesitate to contact our specialist team on 01423 860322.