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Owen Paterson spells out vision for farming post Brexit

Former Defra secretary Owen Paterson has spelt out his Brexit vision for British agriculture and the environment with the publication of two reports.

Eurosceptic Mr Paterson, a staunch supporter of Brexit, believes the UK will flourish outside the EU and become a self-governing, free-trading nation able to strike better global trade deals.

Brexit will allow the UK to shape its own policies on agriculture and the environment, rather than “unsuitable” and sometimes “disastrous” policies imposed by unelected EU politicians.

Mr Paterson, Conservative MP for North Shropshire, argued the UK government could reform the farm payments system to ensure vulnerable farmers receive more support after Brexit.