Schemes and rules continue for farmers

The National Farmers’ Union has welcomed clarity given by Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan around the current situation for UK farmers.

Writing in a letter to NFU President Meurig Raymond, Commissioner Hogan confirmed that the UK “would remain a full member of the EU with all the rights and obligations this entails” until Article 50 discussions, which signal the end of the relationship, are completed.

The Commissioner explained that farmers will continue to have full access to the CAP support schemes and to the EU internal market during the process.

The letter also stresses that UK farmers and paying authorities will have to comply with all existing EU legislation.

Meurig Raymond said: “I appreciate Commissioner Hogan taking the time to provide this clarity during these uncertain times.

“UK farmers welcome the fact it is ‘business as usual’ for the time being. Existing rules – and the penalties that come with failing to comply with them – will continue to apply for the foreseeable future.”