The NFU said the CAP reform agreed last year had allowed the EU to negotiate “positively and constructively”. However, analysts were predicting hard work ahead as negotiators attempted to thrash out a deal by the end of next year.
Nations have agreed in principle to cut subsidies and open up access to each other’s markets. “We will need to ensure the interests of British farmers are protected,” warned the NFU. “The onus will now be on some of our major competitors in the developed world to reform their own agricultural policies as we have reformed ours.”