AGRI­CUL­TURE ‘COULD BE SAC­RI­FICED’

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A right wing think tank sug­gests Bri­tish agri­cul­ture could be sac­ri­ficed in the in­ter­est of free trade af­ter Brexit.

The re­port, from the In­sti­tute for Eco­nomic Af­fairs (IEA), sug­gests the UK should adopt univer­sal free trade fol­low­ing its with­drawal from the EU – a sug­ges­tion com­pletely con­trary to what farm­ers’ lead­ers have been seek­ing.

The NFU and other farm­ers’ groups all want con­tin­ued ac­cess to the EU sin­gle mar­ket and are con­cerned that com­pletely free trade with coun­tries out­side the EU could leave Bri­tish pro­duc­ers un­able to com­pete with im­ports pro­duced to lower stan­dards.

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