Gove's green Brexit: Farmers will get £3bn subsidies if they improve the countryside for wildlife

Mail Online | 1/4/2018 | Jason Groves, Political Editor For The Daily Mail
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Brexit will give farmers the chance to improve the environment for wildlife and open up more countryside to the public, Michael Gove will say today.

The Environment Secretary will map out plans for a ‘green Brexit’ that will focus future payments to farmers on enhancing the environment rather than paying ‘subsidies for inefficiency’.

Farmers - Environment - Mission - Government - Aims

He will tell farmers that improving the environment is now seen as a ‘vital mission for this Government’. Other key aims include improving public access to the countryside, reducing flooding, and investment in technology to boost food production – all of which could attract public funding in the future.

Farming is one of the economic sectors most affected by Brexit, with subsidies to British farmers worth about £3.2billion a year.

Speech - Oxford - Farming - Conference - Today

In a speech to the Oxford Farming Conference today, Mr Gove will pledge to continue funding at the same level until 2024 – effectively giving farmers a unique five-year transition out of the EU. Only the largest landowners will have payments capped.

Under the existing payments system, farmers and...
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