WTO rules could hamper UK efforts to ‘take control’ of farming policy

Fiona Smith, University of Leeds professor of international economic law, said plans to maintain subsidy levels and redirect payments towards the delivery of public goods are likely to come under pressure from World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules which aim to stop trade distortion.

Speaking at the N8 Agrifood Conference in Liverpool earlier this month, Prof Smith said as an EU member state, the UK had been insulated by WTO rules which dictate the size of subsidies and how they are paid.

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