Phil Hogan, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development,  on 20 April 2018 stated that his top priority in the EU budget negotiation is "protecting the small and medium sized farmer who remains the backbone of Europe's food production and rural communities".

He highlighted how Brexit is blowing a EUR12 billion hole in the overall European budget, and the Common Agricultural Policy is an obvious target for cuts with other priorities such as security, migration and defence requiring support.