We must be prepared for a No Deal Brexit

Two leading organisations representing the rural economy have written to the Prime Minister to set out how best to mitigate the risks to the agriculture sector of a No Deal Brexit.


The Pig Site

13 August 2019


The Country Land and Business Association and the Tenant Farmers Association both said that leaving the EU without a deal is ‘deeply undesirable’, but welcomed Government efforts to prepare for all eventualities.


Tim Breitmeyer, President of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) said: “For some sectors in the rural economy, leaving the EU without a deal would be deeply damaging. But make no mistake, damage would be done to the European economy too. That is why we encourage both sides to return to the negotiating table immediately.


“It is incumbent on business groups now to work with Government closely and proactively. Our recommendations are designed to help Government mitigate the risks of No Deal and prepare for the future, giving a degree of certainty to the thousands of rural businesses who are dependent on a thriving export market.”


James Gray, National Chairman of the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) said: “Leaving the European Union will bring both opportunities and challenges for the farming industry. However, it would be reckless to leave the European Union without a deal and without a package of underpinning measures for the agricultural industry. Severe restrictions to export markets through both tariff and non-tariff barriers, cutting access to important migrant labour supplies and leaving us open to imports of food ingredients and products produced to standards banned at home would be calamitous for our country’s food and environmental security”


The letter, sent to the Prime Minister in early August, called on Government to focus on a number of key areas in the run up to 31 October. They include:


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