Common policies-finance

Will British farmers and fishermen be subject to the same standards as those of the European Union?

If there is an agreement, the farmers and fishermen of the United Kingdom will continue participating in the Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy, and be subject to its standards and obligations, until the end of the transition period (in principle on 31 December 2020).

In the agreement that will govern future relations, EU and Spanish negotiators will ensure that no situations of unfair competition arise concerning the regulations that the United Kingdom may establish for its agriculture, fisheries and food industries. If any such circumstance is observed, appropriate measures will be taken.

If there is no agreement, the regulations could diverge, to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the decisions adopted by the UK authorities. In this situation, EU and Spanish institutions will address this issue and its consequences appropriately, seeking to safeguard the interests of those affected by the Common Policies, especially farmers, fishermen and the general public.

How will Brexit affect the funds obtained from the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy in Spain?

If there is an agreement, the United Kingdom will have to fulfil all its financial obligations derived from the current 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, which includes the First Pillar support of the CAP until 2020, the content of the rural development programmes within the current framework committed until 2023 and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Therefore, Brexit should not affect the assistance received by Spain during this period.

Subsequently, the assistance received by Spain under these two EU policies will depend on what is agreed among the 27 remaining Member States for the future 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework.

If there is no agreement, a significant budgetary dispute would arise between the European Union and the United Kingdom, which could affect the implementation of the last financial years of the current Financial Framework and the design of the future one (2021-2027). European Union and Spanish institutions should address this issue and its consequences, and take appropriate decisions in this regard, in order to safeguard the interests of beneficiaries of the Common Policies, especially the CAP, as far as possible.



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