The challenges ahead . . . .

“It’s like moving house without having seen the new house. We have made an agreement to exchange, but we don’t yet know the terms of Brexit, we don’t know the costs and the consequences.”

Tony Blair

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Half British

 

The vote to leave the EU has been made; fostering a political climate laced with hesitancy, oscillation and absent chairs. The population, albeit only 37%, voted for something where the implications are not widely understood, although some evidence was available for the diligent.

Many incongruous positions demand satisfaction, often unrealistic given our nations ‘temporary post brexit’ decline in wealth. Some patently ridiculous ideas and others outright sinister have emerged, attempting to assume a new found plausibility.

Land Skipping

Our Land and Environmental management is under pinned with thirty years of legislation agreed by the UK government but often originating in the EU. This will present some challenges, threats and opportunities if it is to be replaced. The current developing approaches to a more sympathetic, plural land management could be threatened, where well financed self interest could dominate.

The issue of flood management being a prime example. Land owners and farmers loudly and aggressively strove to dominate the debate demanding the dredging of rivers, which inevitably increased the flow and damage further down stream. Their campaign managed to remove or silence many capable people who saw both sides of a contentious debate.

Within this journal entry I am collating the thought of others, a good way to collate thoughtful comments, but also as a reference point – a launching pad – for future photographic work and projects

The Agricultural Issues

Ian Hodge – Professor of Rural Economy at the University of Cambridge:

“it does seem quite likely that at least some of those environmental gains could be lost as a consequence of Brexit”

The Daily Telegraph:

In total, “55 per cent of UK total income from farming comes from CAP support”.

Land Workers Alliance:

“What is more clear is that the world of the 1950s and 60s has gone and it is not coming back.”

Campaign to Protect Rural England:

recommendations to increase the diversity, sustainability and resilience of the farming sector

The Scotsman

“Farmers need to make the case for keeping subsidies”

The Independent

“many farmers had voted “without understanding the consequences” and were now in dismay over news they may not receive the same level of payouts made under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy”


Roots in the Rubble – a cautious opportunity

“So yes, despair and rage and curse: there are reasons enough to do so. But then raise your eyes to where hope lies.”

So Much For Sovereignty

“What does it mean to love your country? What does it mean to defend its sovereignty? For some of the leaders of the Brexit campaign, it means reducing the United Kingdom to a franchise of corporate capital, governed from head offices overseas. They will take us out of Europe to deliver us into the arms of other powers.”

Environmental law implications

Brexit will have a far-reaching and complex effect on our environmental legislation, and that long-term uncertainty does not encourage green investment.

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