There is no doubt that one of the main reasons why the majority of farmers seemed to want to leave the EU was because of the amount of red tape and bureaucracy that has been inflicted on their businesses in recent years.

Where the European Commission really lost the plot was the rules related to area based payment schemes. A booklet on land eligibility produced by DAERA now extends to over 50 pages. We have farmers told to measure the width of hedges, the height of heather or the length of a lane. Any feature over 0.01ha must be removed from the declared eligible area of a field. The rules around greening for arable farmers are irrelevant here. The ability to apply a bit of common sense was lost early on.