Bob Young, AFBF’s chief economist, pointed out in a Marketplace article that the U.K. has often sided with American farmers on issues like biotechnology. He said the U.K.’s departure from the European Union could mean U.S. agriculture producers may face stiffer regulations from the European Commission, the EU’s executive body.
“The U.K. has always been a good moderating voice in the EU,” Young said. “U.K. guys are the ones who say, ‘Come on, we’ve got do this.’ Or ‘That’s stupid; let’s get this moved.’”