The UK Government’s proposals to solve the Northern Irish impasse would still leave Wales and Welsh farmers ‘out in the cold’ says the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW).
“Even if the EU accepts the offer in spite of the Good Friday agreement, it makes no difference to the core concerns regarding the impact on Welsh agriculture and the Welsh economy,” said FUW President Glyn Roberts.
Stating that the Union remained clear in its view that the UK as a whole should remain within both the Single Market and Customs Union in order to minimise severe economic impacts, he added: “Re-fudging the Irish backstop to try and address valid Northern Irish concerns should not be perceived as a ‘new deal’ for the UK as a whole.
“It does nothing to stop the worries inherent in the original Withdrawal Deal, which would in any case only apply for a very short period. Nor would it make any difference to the vague and open-ended Political Declaration which relates to how Wales and the UK would trade with the EU in the long term.”
FUW maintain that the ‘most sensible’ option would be for the whole of the UK to stay within the single market and the customs union.