Top spokesmen in the UK Agriculture sector have urged the new Prime minister Boris Johnson to reconsider leaving the EU on his self-imposed deadline of 31 October should there not be a deal in place.
A letter written by NFU president Minette Batters to Mr Johnson sets out 5 policy priorities:
- Stimulating farm business competitiveness and innovation
- Rising to the challenge of tackling climate change, with the aim of reaching net-zero carbon emissions from agriculture by 2040
- Promoting high food standards through trade policy, building a British food brand and protecting farmers from imports of food that would be illegal to produce in the UK
- Ensuring an adequate supply of labour through a suitable immigration system
- Providing a long-term budgetary commitment for food and farming
The letter, which refers to the prime minister’s farming family and previous stint as an agriculture correspondent for a national newspaper, said securing free and frictionless trade with the EU was crucial.
Another key figure Glyn Roberts, Farmers Union of Wales president, outlined the dangers of a no-deal Brexit stating:
“We are absolutely clear, no responsible UK government would allow the UK to leave the EU without a deal,” he said.
“The latest analysis by Hybu Cig Cymru suggests 92.5% of our lamb export trade could disappear if we go over the Brexit cliff on 31 October.”
Matthew Blantern – 29th July 2019