Brexit and Agriculture in Northern Ireland Contents




The agriculture sector in Northern Ireland

Current agricultural policy

Our inquiry

1 Developing an agriculture policy for Northern Ireland

Proposals for future agricultural policy

The UK Government’s Health and Harmony Consultation and the Agriculture Bill

The Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs consultation

Funding for Northern Ireland agriculture

Policy-making in the absence of an executive

Common frameworks

2 Financial support for agriculture in Northern Ireland

Direct support for farmers in Northern Ireland

The Government’s proposals for direct support

Bespoke support schemes

Regulation and compliance

Land leasing

3 Trade, cross-border supply chains and North-South cooperation

Current imports and exports

Cross-border trade

Live animal exports

Trade and cooperation with the Republic of Ireland and other EU states

Protected Geographical Indicators

Cross-border trade in a no deal scenario

Future trade deals with third countries



4 The agricultural workforce

The agricultural workforce in Northern Ireland

Proposals for meeting demand for agricultural labour

Retaining access to the existing workforce

Using immigration policy to meet demand for agricultural labour

Agricultural workers schemes

Automation and mechanisation


The domestic labour supply

Government policy

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 22 October 2018