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Course: LSE100 Live: Brexit and food security: Is the UK heading for a crisis? NFU President Minette Batters in conversation with Professor Simon Hix


With weeks to go until the UK’s scheduled exit from the European Union, uncertainty about the future of the UK agricultural sector and domestic food security is mounting. Growing public concerns about the resilience of the UK’s post-Brexit food supply have been reflected in attention-grabbing news headlines such as UK could run out of food a year from now with no-deal Brexit, UK sleepwalking into food insecurity after Brexit, and Brexit: Will our cupboards be bare?

As part of our current module on global food security, LSE100 is delighted to welcome Minette Batters, President of the National Farmers Union, to discuss the future of UK agriculture with one of LSE’s leading experts on the EU: Professor Simon Hix (Pro-Director Research and Harold Laski Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government) on Wednesday, 6 March from 11:00 – 12:30.

 Minette and Simon will discuss the implications of Brexit for the UK’s food and farming industries, the future of food production in the UK, and the transformations in food trade relationships we might expect to see after the UK leaves the EU.


Minette Batters is an expert practitioner in UK food and farming, running a tenanted family farm in Wiltshire where her mixed farming business includes livestock, sheep, and arable. In February 2018, she was elected the first female President of the National Farmers Union. Ms Batters also serves as a Trustee of Farm Africa, an international NGO working to promote sustainable, profitable farming practices across rural Africa.

Professor Simon Hix is LSE’s Pro-Director (Research) and became the inaugural Harold Laski Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government in 2015. Professor Hix is a prominent commentator on European and comparative politics in the UK, has published over 100 books and articles, and in 2013 was named one of “the 40 most influential Brits on EU policy” by


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