Don’t put £11bn ex­ports at risk, warns Truss

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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.”

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