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Once freed from the flawed CAP, Brexit's proponents argue, the U.K. will be able to build a more competitive agricultural sector that better serves farmers and agricultural workers, including by reducing dependence on distorting subsidies.It should be noted, however, that New Zealand's agricultural sector had decades of experience surviving without subsidies. Britain, by contrast, is a net importer of agricultural products, buying 46 percent of its food from other countries, including 27 percent from the EU.Free-trade agreements are as important to the U.K.'s effort to ensure its agricultural sector's competitiveness as they were to New Zealand. Rather, Britain must ensure that foreign imports do not overwhelm its own agricultural objectives. In short, the existential challenge facing farmers lies within Britain's own borders.The U.K. must also ensure that its agricultural sector can take advantage of new technologies.
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