Don’t put £11bn exports at risk, warns Truss
IT would be “wrong to take a leap into the dark” and put food and farming exports worth £11billion at risk by leaving the European Union, Environment Secretary Liz Truss has said.
Voting to stay in would allow the UK to push for reform in the food and farming sector, while giving British producers access to 500 million consumers, Ms Truss said.
Food and farming is the UK’s largest manufacturing industry, employing 3.8 million people.
And 60 per cent of the sector’s exports are to the EU, bringing in £11bn, she said.
She told the National Farmers’ Union annual conference: “I believe that by voting to remain within a reformed EU we can work to reduce bureaucracy and secure further reform while still enjoying the significant benefits of the single market.
“At a time of severe price volatility and global market uncertainty, I believe it would be wrong to take a leap into the dark.”