Why a No-deal Brexit is Catastrophic for British Farming


The Cattle Site

11 March 2019


UK - The NFU has said everything must to be done to avoid a no-deal Brexit, and the catastrophic impact this could have on British farming.


NFU says, "We're working on behalf of members to ensure the best Brexit for British farm businesses, leaving without a deal could have significant impacts on British farm businesses."


The links below show how each sector could be affected, what can be done for preparation and what the NFU is asking government to do in the event the UK does leave the EU without a deal:


ˇ         Crops

ˇ         Dairy

ˇ         Horticulture and Potatoes

ˇ         Livestock

ˇ         Poultry


Why would a no deal be catastrophic for British farming?


Trade embargo: EU legislation could effectively result in a trade embargo on the export of UK animal based products such as meat, eggs and dairy to the EU. These products can only be imported by the EU from approved countries, and it could take months for such status to be granted to the UK.


The lamb industry would be particularly impacted. In 2017, 31 percent of domestic sheep meat production, the equivalent of 4.5million sheep, was exported and 94 percent was destined for the EU.


Increased imports: The UK government could avoid charging tariffs on imports to prevent a rise in food prices, which could have a negative impact on domestic food production and consumer choice, as well as an increase in imports of products produced to lower standards.


Export tariffs ...


A cut in access to farm inputs ...


Less workers ...


Organic exports cut ...


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