The end of 2018 was very busy for the rural sector. As the Government continues to plan for the UK's exit from the EU, a number of draft Brexit statutory instruments are emerging. A couple of examples being:
The Livestock (Records, Identification and Movement) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 (Draft) which propose to ensure species including bovines, sheep and goats are traceable for the purposes of disease control. The instrument sets out how these species must be identified, what records their keepers must maintain, how they must report their animals' movements, and how central competent authorities must record this information on central databases.
The Common Agricultural Policy and Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 (Draft) which seeks to ensure that after leaving the EU, EU Common Agricultural Policy schemes and farming support measures, such as direct payments to farmers and land managers, can continue to operate effectively in the UK.
Whether or not a Brexit deal will get through the UK parliament is yet to be seen with the deal being voted on in the week commencing 14 January 2019 but there are significant changes ahead for the rural sector in 2019.