Union meets with PM to dis­cuss Brexit deal

Carmarthen Journal - - Farmer -

WIN­TER Fair NFU Cymru of­fice­hold­ers have met with Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May to dis­cuss the UK’s Brexit deal to leave the Eu­ro­pean Union.

NFU Cymru pres­i­dent John Davies and deputy pres­i­dent Aled Jones met with Mrs May at the Royal Welsh Win­ter Fair in Llanel­wedd last week. The meet­ing fea­tured a widerang­ing dis­cus­sion around a num­ber of is­sues af­fect­ing the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try in­clud­ing the UK’s fu­ture trad­ing re­la­tion­ship with the Eu­ro­pean Union, an­i­mal wel­fare and pro­duc­tion stan­dards, as well as putting the foun­da­tions in place for a thriv­ing in­dus­try for the next gen­er­a­tion of young farm­ers in Wales.

Speak­ing af­ter the meet­ing, NFU Cymru pres­i­dent Mr Davies said: “We were grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to meet with the Prime Min­is­ter to­day to dis­cuss the Brexit deal she has agreed with the Eu­ro­pean Coun­cil.

“Dur­ing this pos­i­tive meet­ing, I com­mended the fact that the deal she has agreed is as close as pos­si­ble to the free and fric­tion­less trade con­di­tions for agri­cul­tural and food prod­ucts that we have been lob­by­ing for over the past cou­ple of years.

“I was also keen t o point out that the Royal Welsh Win­ter Fair is a show­case for some of the best live­stock you will see any­where in the world, and that this event is a sym­bol of the am­bi­tion that ex­ists amongst Welsh farm­ers to drive this in­dus­try for­ward in the years to come.”

Mr Jones added: “This morn­ing’s meet­ing also pre­sented an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for us to re­it­er­ate to the Prime Min­is­ter that a no-deal Brexit sce­nario would leave Welsh farm­ers in the night­mare sit­u­a­tion of be­ing ex­cluded from our largest ex­port mar­ket. Around a third of the Welsh lamb crop is ex­ported and over 90% of this goes to the EU27.

“A no-deal Brexit would es­sen­tially price Welsh farm­ers out of the mar­ket – we could not op­er­ate ef­fec­tively when im­posed with WTO tar­iff rates, as well as be­ing sub­ject to the reg­u­la­tory bar­ri­ers that come with ex­port­ing as a third coun­try.

“We un­der­stand that there are still sig­nif­i­cant po­lit­i­cal hur­dles for the Prime Min­is­ter’s Brexit

pro­pos­als to clear and if such ap­proval is not se­cured then NFU Cymru will need to re­assess its po­si­tion.

“In the mean­time, we strongly en­cour­age politi­cians across all par­ties to put their po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences aside to se­cure a fu­ture that is in the in­ter­est of the £7 bil­lion Welsh food and farm­ing sec­tor.”

Pic­ture: WPA Pool

Britain’s Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May meets with agri­cul­tural pro­duc­ers at the Win­ter Fair.

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