Defra has produced new rules for 2021 on cross-compliance for England. They aim to provide a simpler and less punitive regime. More reliance on warning letters is to be taken, with a less stringent application of fines and similar penalties. I have had a very swift look through it, and all the GAECs and SMRs still seem to be there. So, I would not advise you to think you can now get away with anything at all. Indeed, they say they intend to punish serious offenders just as much as in the past.
So maybe the people who have ‘taken back control’ from the EU are not the ordinary voters (and farmers), but our beloved government. We just have a different master to kowtow to. Well, we voted them in….
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