The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is the government department responsible for environmental protection, food production and standards, agriculture, fisheries and rural communities in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


  • a smooth and orderly exit from the EU
  • a cleaner, healthier environment, benefiting people and the economy
  • a world leading food and farming industry
  • a rural economy that works for everyone, contributing to national productivity, prosperity and wellbeing
  • a nation better protected against floods, animal and plant diseases and other hazards, with strong response and recovery capabilities

Who we are

We have around 3,500 staff (1 April 2018) working in Defra, including policy makers, scientists and research specialists. Most of our staff are based in London, but we have others in Bristol, York and other offices throughout England.

Although Defra only works directly in England, it works closely with the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and generally leads on negotiations in the EU and internationally.

We are immersed in an exciting period of change. At the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) our work ranges from supporting the UK’s world-leading food, farming and fishing industries to protecting the environment and providing robust defences against natural threats. Leaving the EU will fundamentally transform the work we do and how we deliver it. We are embracing this opportunity to become even more efficient, focused and innovative. Join us, and you will be at the heart of this change - helping us to secure a more sustainable future for the UK.

As a Policy Advisor, you will focus on EU Exit issues relating to one or a number of areas, such as Agri-Food Chain; Animal and Plant Health and Welfare; Biosecurity and Food Projects; Environmental Regulations; EU and International Trade; EU Exit Domestic and Constitutional Affairs; EU Exit Overview; Future Farming and Countryside; or Marine and Fisheries or Strategy.

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