Big changes ahead for farmers as poll begins

FARMERS will launch the biggest consultation for a generation in the wake of Brexit.

Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 6:19 am

The National Farmers’ Union, based in Petersfield, will launch farming’s most significant consultation over the impact of Brexit on agriculture and what a domestic farming policy should look like in the future outside the EU.

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At an extraordinary council meeting, NFU President Meurig Raymond said the government must not ignore the economic importance of the farming sector, which employs 3.9m people.

He said: ‘NFU Council has agreed the principles of a domestic farming policy which will now form the basis of the biggest farming consultation in England and Wales for a generation.

‘Currently there are lots of uncertainties for farming – trade agreements, labour, financial support, legislation are all up in the air – but the NFU is committed to providing this industry with leadership.’