Digging for Victory or digging a hole?
The Brexiteers counterbalance to exiting Europe is the prospect of greater global trade but the Centre for European Reform in this report Dig for Victory on the Wonk.Eu, or here on CER’s own site, says” that a trade deal with the US will create more problems for British agriculture and food consumers than it will solve.”
From an Irish perspective, and referring to a IAFDA report for the scale of the problem, it says that “a comprehensive trade deal on agriculture would make a border-free Ireland and unfettered access to the EU markets impossible after Brexit.”
The ‘Dig for Victory’ reference is of course a throw back to the 1940’s where growing more at home in England was seen as a solution to then difficulties. However CER believes the answer now will not be in digging but in trading and the problem with trade is not just additional tariffs but also regulation.
” If the UK adopted US standards to facilitate transatlantic trade, it would diverge from EU regulations, such as food standards, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and rules on the certification of food. Without EU standards and enforcement, there would have to be customs and sanitary checks at the EU’s border, even if tariffs could be avoided in a trade deal with the EU.”