With less than a year to go before the UK leaves the EU, CLA is to host an event in Bridgwater on Thursday April 19. Attendees will be brought up to speed with where Brexit negotiations stand with regard to agriculture and the rural economy.

John Mortimer, CLA Director South West said: “Events are now moving forward at pace. This year has already seen the publication of the government’s 25 year environmental plan in January, the publication of the government’s consultation on future farming policy post-Brexit in February and accelerated discussions regarding the future of trade. Policy thinking is fast changing and the CLA is working hard to keep at the forefront of negotiations.”

Ian Liddell-Grainger MP for Bridgewater and Somerset and currently a member of the House of Commons Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Select Committee will also be addressing important matters at the event. CLA’s policy advisers, Charles Trotman and Jonathan Baker will also be speaking.

Together, the speakers will address the critical issues of:

• Trade

• Labour

• Rural development

• Regulation

• Future of agricultural policy

There will be an opportunity for attendees to raise other issues they feel are of extreme concern to landowners and rural businesses during the forthcoming Brexit transition.

This event is open to all in the industry and is free to attend, but places must be booked by calling the CLA South West office on 01249 700200.