Many Britons were all smiles last week when the United Kingdom officially left the European Union, but Canadian farmers should also be hopeful in this new geopolitical environment, although there are pitfalls ahead.  |  REUTERS/Henry Nicholls photo

Brexit’s removal of EU rules in UK is promising for Canada

The United Kingdom is finally free from the European Union. Will it be free to make a free trade deal with Canada? That’s something we won’t know for a year or longer, but there’s much hope for many Canadian farmers and their industries as the United Kingdom attempts to get outside the EU’s trade walls […] Read more

The British fondness for baked beans on toast makes the United Kingdom a healthy market for imported navy beans, which are the basis for the staple dish.
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Brexit and the baked beans conundrum

MONTREAL — Brexit might amount to a hill of beans. Navy beans, to be precise. “If we see a no-deal Brexit, what does that do the trade routes for navy beans?” said Cindy Brown, the president of the Global Pulse Confederation, during the Pulse and Special Crops Convention. “Will we see disruption in supply? Will […] Read more

The future of Great Britain’s relationship with the European Union continues to be debated as the government starts making contingency plans in case no deal is reached before the deadline expires. Here, a pro-Brexit demonstrator walks past the Houses of Parliament in London Jan. 8.  |  REUTERS/Henry Nicholls photo

Britain’s Brexit rehearsal prompts scorn

Government tests ability to use airport as holding area for trucks in case of congestion following EU withdrawal

MANSTON, U.K. (Reuters) — Great Britain’s government sent a convoy of 87 trucks on a test-run from a little-used airport to the country’s main trading gateway to continental Europe on Jan. 7 — a rehearsal for the upheaval of a no-deal Brexit mocked as a clumsy waste of money. Prime Minister Theresa May is trying […] Read more


After Brexit: how the United Kingdom is coping with a new trade landscape

When voters in the United Kingdom decided to sever a 40-year-old relationship with the European Union last year, few of them likely considered the potential consequences of punishing tariffs and the loss of free access to the European market of 500 million consumers. STONELEIGH PARK, U.K. — Voters in the United Kingdom may have decided […] Read more

Last year, Ireland exported more than $16 billion of agricultural products to 175 markets. Some farm groups worry what the trade impact will be on the country with its withdrawal from the European Union   |  Bord Bia photo

Irish farmers worry about loss of U.K. market

DUBLIN, Ireland — Ireland and the United Kingdom may have had their differences over the years, but the two share a strong interdependent business alliance. Bound by cultural ties, proximity and a common language, the two are each other’s best and largest trading partners. As the U.K. prepares to withdraw from the European Union, that […] Read more


Many Scottish producers remain optimistic they will find good export markets for their products.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Uncertainty reigns in Scotland as Brexit looms

EDINBURGH, U.K. — British farmers need to start preparing for all contingencies once the United Kingdom gives up membership in the European Union. “If farmers stopped thinking about the politics of Brexit and started getting some business planning in place so that when the implications of Brexit actually do come to rest, their mindset is […] Read more

English producers prepare for breakup with European Union

STONELEIGH PARK, U.K. — When voters in the United Kingdom went to the polls in June to decide whether they wanted to stay in the European Union, many thought people would opt for the comfort of the status quo. “The expectation from everybody was that it would be close but that it would be remain,” […] Read more

Navigating BREXIT

Calgary-based Western Producer reporter Barbara Duckworth was in Britain recently and spoke with farmers and policy makers about BREXIT and what it could mean for the country’s agricultural industry. In that understated English way, Brian Lear describes BREXIT as a “bit of a mess.” The English beef producer wonders where agriculture sits on the agenda […] Read more


So what happens next?

For many farmers in the United Kingdom, the aftermath of succession from the European Union could be nicknamed Nexit. The decision to leave the 40-year-old relationship in 2019 has left many people in agriculture swimming in a sea of uncertainty as everything from farmer payments, labour availability, regulations, tariffs and border controls is up for […] Read more

The beef sector accounts for 40 percent of Ireland’s gross agriculture output, with exports worth about $C5billion. | Getty photo

Ireland braces for loss of markets, subsidies

CAMROSE, Alta. — As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union, Ireland watches the process with trepidation. Ireland is an exporting nation where half of its business is conducted with the U.K. As Brexit negotiations begin, Ireland will be one of 27 nations negotiating and it will not receive favoured status, said a […] Read more