Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking the Queen to prorogue parliament ahead of Brexit, allowing a no-deal to pass without Parliamentary opposition has provoked a sharp response from the National Sheep Association.
NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker comments: “NSA is extremely concerned to hear the Prime Minister intends to prorogue parliament to force through a no-deal.
“Mr Johnson has repeatedly said a no-deal is exceptionally unlikely, and while we have long been doubtful of the truth in that statement, we are very disappointed to see him adopt this tactic which prevents fair parliamentary debate, scrutiny and process and will make it easier for a no-deal to occur without Parliament being able to legislate to protect business.
“We cannot escape from the fact heading off the cliff edge into a no-deal is exceptionally damaging for the sheep industry and this news is deeply disturbing for farmers whose livelihoods and businesses are at risk.
“NSA again calls on the Government to step back and look at the individual businesses of farmers and other professions which may be seriously damaged by his blasé approach and do everything in its power to prevent a no-deal coming to fruition.”