Jul 192018

ICMSA President, Pat McCormack, said that the decision of Germany to reject the proposed cut in the CAP Budget was “hugely significant and possibly even decisive”. Mr McCormack said that the idea that Brexit had to automatically mean a reduction in the CAP Budget was flawed and based on a misunderstanding of the purpose and nature of the Common Agricultural Policy: “We never accepted the idea that Brexit had to mean swingeing cuts to CAP, we were never defeatist about that and we always pointed out that reducing CAP on foot of Brexit was to actually justify the slurs made against CAP by the extreme anti-EU elements in the Leave Campaign.  We acknowledge Minister Creeds’s efforts to coordinate a coalition of Member States who want to defend what was – and is – a Flagship Policy that gets the highest quality food in the world to hundreds of millions of EU citizens every day at affordable prices. The fact that both France and Germany have now indicated that they not accept a CAP Budget reduction must mean the Commission will withdraw this mistaken and self-defeating proposal.”    

Ends     19 July 2018

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