Leadsom failing to give clarity to farmers on Brexit

Responding to Andrea Leadsom’s speech at the NFU Conference today, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs Kate Parminter said:

“Eight months on since the referendum, and still this government is failing to provide farmers with the clarity they need on Brexit.

“The long-promised Green Paper on food and farming is still nowhere to be seen, meaning farm businesses are not being given a clear sense of direction.

“It’s all very well saying tariff-free access to the Single Market is the starting point for the Brexit negotiations, but farmers need to know what the end point will be.

“At the moment we face a real risk of crashing out of the Single Market without any transitional arrangements, which would be an unmitigated disaster for the UK farming sector.

“Far-flung trade deals will not make up for losing unfettered access to the market for three-quarters of UK farming exports.

“The Liberal Democrats will keep fighting for membership of the Single Market and to prevent a disastrous hard Brexit for British farmers.”

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