‘No-deal’ Brexit could be worse for farmers than BSE and foot-and-mouth put together 

Sheep: Enjoy the sight – sheep farming could be wiped out by the ‘no deal’ Brexit that Boris Johnson wants and that Jo Swinson is supporting.

Many Liberal Democrat MPs represent rural constituencies, don’t they?

Brecon and Radnorshire, recently won by Jane Dodds, is one of the most rural in the UK, for example.

It has many farmers.

I wonder how they feel about the fact that their former Conservative MP would have supported a plan that could put them out of business?

And how do they feel about the fact that their current Lib Dem MP, if she supports her leader’s decision not to help Jeremy Corbyn form an interim government to stop ‘no deal’ Brexit, is doing the same?

The message is simple: whether it relates to farmers or bankers, ‘no deal’ Brexit is bad for business.

It’s time our MPs stopped standing on their so-called principles and started standing up for their constituents.

A no-deal Brexit could cost the farming industry £850m a year in lost profits, new research seen by the BBC suggests.

Farm business consultants Andersons said that without government support increasing significantly, some farms would inevitably struggle to survive.

The author of its research described a no-deal Brexit as a greater challenge than the BSE and foot-and-mouth crises.

Lamb and live sheep exports could face tariffs of 45-50%, while trade and farming groups say some cuts of beef could see tariffs of more than 90%.

If European firms suddenly start having to pay more for UK meat, the fear is they could quickly switch to suppliers in other countries.

Source: No-deal Brexit ‘could cost farms £850m in profits’ – BBC News

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