Brexit: Northern Ireland farmers demand urgency on CAP
Farmers in Northern Ireland who bought into the Brexit campaign's argument that they would enjoy a more prosperous future outside the European Union with less bureaucracy now want it delivered, an industry leader has said.
The Government has promised to maintain Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidies post-Brexit until 2020 while a domestic system is put in place.
But Ulster Farmers' Union president Barclay Bell said there was an urgent need to kickstart the debate on a CAP replacement now. Mr Bell was speaking after the Prime Minister said her Government will begin exit talks next year.
"Following this announcement there can now be no justification for delay. We know when the CAP will end, and we need to have something ready to take its place," he said.
Mr Bell said Brexit campaigners had promised farmers a successful future outside the CAP, with less red tape.
"Now we want to see delivery," he said. "We need a different, less bureaucratic funding model, but support must match the CAP."