Mr. Michael Gove, as reported by BBC news, reassured Northern Ireland farmers of Subsidy payments post-Brexit.
He warned though, that these post Brexit subsidies will have to be earned rather than just handed out. He said that farmers would only receive payments should they agree to help protect the environment and help enhance rural life in their respective regions as part of a ‘Green Brexit’.
Mr. Gove reassured farmers from Northern Ireland, and upland areas throughout the UK, that they will continue to receive the support of the government to ensure their survival.
He also promised that any future UK framework for the industry will be flexible and allow for administrations to ensure any policy is right for each area. Mr. Gove did not confirm any limits to the subsidies.
It has been reported by the BBC that Northern Irish Subsidy payments account for almost 10% of all UK European farm subsidy payments. The Conservative party have promised recently to keep the overall farm subsidy payments at their current level until 2022 at least.