For those seeking an easily digested guide to the CAP proposals published by the EU Commission on 18 November, I recommend the Smith's Gore publication CAP Reforms post-2013.
Note the three main objectives of the the new CAP:
1. Viable food production
2. Sustainable management of natural resources and climate action
3. Balanced territorial development
The table of good news vs bad news makes salutary reading. The ratio is 1 : 6.
How this will affect upland agriculture remains to be seen, but the possible shift of payments for specific natural constraints (e.g. LFA) into Pillar 1 payments that are co-financed within the UK is a cause for concern.