Hard Brexit is “catastrophic” for the meat sector

The UK’s referendum result last year has certainly sparked a lot of debate and reporting about how UK, EU and global trade operates. It’s likely that many politicians and civil servants have moved up a steep learning curve on how international trade works. And that’s no bad thing. The latest contribution Continue reading

UK pig sector – looking up, and looking over the edge

Pig production in the UK has a long history but the stats suggest that the sector has shrunk significantly in the last two decades and it now provides only about half of the country’s pigmeat needs. Farmers have blamed the industry’s loss of competitiveness on: disease outbreaks, high feed prices, environmental regulations, the multiple retailers, and, Continue reading

50 shades of BREXIT

Well, the UK voters have had their “BREXIT election” and an unclear situation before the June 8 election in the UK has become even more unclear after the votes were counted. Indeed, what seemed to be a black and white decision by the UK electorate in a referendum twelve months ago has morphed into an increasing number of shades of grey ever since. Like a suicidal game of pass the parcel Continue reading

Brexit – the shape and size of the iceberg becomes clear

In all the confusions and spin about the UK’s Brexit vote there was one obvious casualty – the facts. Sadly, the media (including the farming media) made little or no contribution to an informed and numerate description of what would be implied in the UK’s exit from the EU. This matters. It’s as if the crew of the Titanic were shouting to the passengers, “we know there is an iceberg there but we don’t think it is, “…very big/in our path/we can steer round it. You can rest safely in your cabins and/or order another drink from the bar.” Indeed. that is still the message from many Brexiteers.

I can accept that explaining the complexities of an EU exit (Brexit) is not easy – and I say that as someone with a PhD (majoring in international trade theory). But Continue reading

Breakfast means Breakfast – OK?

The UK’s referendum on 23 June 2016 has now created a new word and place in the English dictionary – Brexit. The referendum result – a win by 52% to 48% for the Leavers – means that the UK’s current crop of politicians has to negotiate an exit for the UK from the EU i.e. they have to deliver Brexit.   Within hours of the Brexit vote there was a rush Continue reading