In the New Forest, where I live, a local system of consent maintains a fragile balance. Gove’s Agriculture Bill must not replace the CAP with another threat.
Last week, I sowed wild bird seed mixtures so that, in the spring, some of our fields will be ablaze with nectar plants and buzzing with insects once more.
In the long-term, we should be pursuing a Canada-style free trade agreement. In the short, we should park ourselves in the EEA.
We must replace the EU’s clunky and inflexible CAP with a system that rewards public goods, not box-ticking.
These months of change have electrifying potential for renewal and reform. Such opportunities are precious.
Have no doubt about it: we’re leaving. But if we want to put the country back together, we must now keep some perspective.
Johnson’s latest column on the issue might avoid even mentioning it, but the debate is about how far we go, not whether we do it.
The UK plus EFTA would have a greater GDP than Germany. As one, we would be the largest economy in Europe.
It is not perfect, but I believe it delivers the essentials of leaving the EU while also recognising the real fears held by many Remainers.
As a split in the Conservative Party finally threatens for real, May must explain why and when she backed off mutual recognition.
Preparing for no deal ought therefore to be our national priority – cuts in corporate and personal taxes, removal of regulations, openness to global business.
Plus “due regard paid to EU case law in areas where the UK continues to apply a common rulebook”.
This second piece in our mini-series assessing his performance at DEFRA argues that he has taken a few strong first steps – but that real results are needed.
They argue that even if May doesn’t deliver a clean outcome, the priority must be to ensure that the Article 50 timetable is met.
I took part in the first ever debate held in Parliament on soil. Solar panels line my office roof. Also I use a Somerset wicker basket instead of plastic bags.