The Countryside Alliance has sent out a briefing note to all MPs ahead of a debate in the House of Commons on Thursday 6 July on “Exiting the EU and Global Trade”.

This is a general debate on the issues which the Government needs to consider when developing trade policy and new legislation as we leave the EU.

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Decisions that are made in relation to trade, travel, agricultural and environmental policies, will shape the future of our countryside for a generation and beyond. At the heart of these decisions are defining questions about the kind of landscapes we want to create, the food we want to eat, and the communities we want to develop.

Trade is one of the three central issues facing the food and farming industry as we leave the EU, along with labour and support payments. Trade is also important for shooting as the majority of firearms and ammunition used in the UK are imported from countries within the EU and the export market for game meat is vital for many shoots.