Political Print

Brexit means… what?

Theresa May has finally given her first big speech on leaving the EU. Are we any the wiser? Footprint asked five experts for their views. The lawyer: A little bit of clarity. “Over the last six months a few things are clearer. We now know, for instance, the government needs to pass a law to…
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Andrea Leadsom’s post-Brexit vision for UK food and farming is clear as mud

Listening to Andrea Leadsom address the Oxford Farming Conference on Monday, it was hard not to feel a degree of sympathy for the Defra Secretary of State. It wasn’t just the unfortunate opening observation that farming had been around “as long as mankind itself”, which discounted the vast majority of human history occupied by hunter-gatherers.…
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Looking for the bright side

His campaign rhetoric suggests President Trump will be bad news for the planet, but is there cause for optimism? What will a Donald Trump administration mean for food and the environment? It’s a sentence the Print never anticipated having to write, but then 2016 has been the year the political rulebook wasn’t just rewritten but…
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Trump’s energy policy

The Republican candidate has threatened to scrap the Paris deal and offered support for coal, but is he serious, asks George Robinson. Now that Donald Trump has the required number of delegates to be the Republican candidate for the US presidency, analysts are scrambling to identify just what this might mean for the country and…
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Political Print

DEFRA’s much-awaited Food and Farming Plan could offer strong support for Britain’s embattled farmers – but the EU referendum has put it on the back burner. The EU referendum has much to answer for. Ever since the Remain and Leave campaigns were launched in earnest in February the mill of domestic policy making has ground…
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Why are food firms keeping quiet about an EU exit

Food firms have so far been cagey on EU exit, but for most businesses Britain is surely better in than out. There are no prizes for guessing what issue will be at the axis of British political debate in 2016. Whether Britain should stay in the EU is one of those rare political questions that…
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The Political Print: An Open Letter to Labour

  Dear Labour,   Long time no speak.   First, you must forgive us for spending several of these columns since the election dissecting the Conservative Party’s policies. We hope you’ll understand – they are in government, after all.   Moreover, there’s been so much to discuss with relevance to the foodservice sector: the national…
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