Defra minister Eustice, who campaigned for Brexit, said: "Excellent news that the nation has decided to leave the EU and re-establish democratic self government in the UK. There is so much more we can now achieve. The EU has been an out of date idea for at least 20 years and we now finally have a decision to face the future with confidence."
Before the vote, he said: "Our objective would be to put in place a government-backed insurance scheme, similar to the one in Canada, to protect farmers from bad weather, crop failures and drops in prices. We would also have a whole suite of accreditation schemes run by the Soil Association, Rivers Trust and RSPCA to incentivise farmers to do positive things for the environment."
Eustice says he wants the Government to secure political agreement on issues such as a free trade deal before the two-year exit period under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
He has suggested an adapted SAWS-style abour scheme to allow agriculture and horticulture to employ foreign workers using new work permits.