EU plans to “green” the Common Agricultural Policy with new environmental incentives for farmers will be disastrous for the UK, MPs have warned.

Brussels wanted a “one-size-fits-all” regime instead of enabling member states the freedom to tailor incentives and regulations to local circumstances, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said in a new report published on 1 June.

The EC has proposed that 30% of direct payments to farmers should be linked to compliance with “greening” measures. But the system would be even more complex than current rules and put UK farmers at a competitive disadvantage, the report added.

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