Peter Kendall responds to NFU Council announcement that farmers are ’best served by our continuing membership of the European Union’

Peter Kendall, former President of the National Farmers’ Union, has responded to the announcement today from the NFU Council that Britain’s continued membership of the EU is in the interests of farmers.

In a statement the NFU said: “The NFU Council resolves that on the balance of existing evidence available to us at present, the interests of farmers are best served by our continuing membership of the European Union.”

Former NFU President, Peter Kendall, said:

“Britain’s membership of the EU is essential for the farming and food industry so it is hugely significant that the NFU has today confirmed that it believes UK agriculture will have a more secure future within the EU.

“Being part of the single market – our home market of 500 million consumers – is crucial to the long term prosperity of farming in this country. We saw from the NFU’s own report earlier this month that leaving the EU could hit our industry hard and their support today demonstrates that walking away puts too much at risk. Leaving the EU would make trading farm products significantly harder, financial support uncertain and leave farmers facing years of uncertainty. That is too much of a gamble and one our industry cannot afford to take.

“That is why I fully welcome the decision from the NFU who have made it clear that Britain’s farmers are stronger, safer and better off in the EU.”

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