Public backs funding farmers after Brexit, poll shows

Nearly three-quarters of the public believe farmers should continue to be funded by the taxpayer after Brexit, according to a new poll.

More than 2,000 adults were asked whether taxpayers should continue to fund farmers to grow food and look after the environment after the UK leaves the European Union.

Of those polled, 74% suggested funding should continue.

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Of this 74%, most (41%) said UK taxpayers should continue to fund both the growing of food and looking after the environment. Twenty-two per cent said the focus should be on funding food production alone, versus 11% just the environment.

The UK government has committed to paying farm and other subsidies currently received from Brussels until 2020. But the level of payments beyond 2020 is unclear and no commitments have been made.

EU farm subsidies are currently worth about £3bn each year to UK farmers. The NFU has warned that abolishing farm subsidies would put UK farmers at a competitive disadvantage compared with their EU neighbours.

This latest poll was funded by Bayer CropScience and carried out by market research company Populous, which interviewed 2,084 UK adults online between 30 September and 2 October.

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