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Message to farmers

December 6, 2019 9:24 PM

Sheep in Rutland (sheep)A no deal Brexit is still the default and will be catastrophic for our farmers, food and drink industry, and for almost every other UK resident other than Boris Johnson's billionaire and oligarch backers, if we do not stop it.

A report written recently by Lib Dem friends of mine (Antony Hook MEP and Phil Bennion MEP, the latter a farmer) says:

The Agriculture Bill was meant to mitigate against the losses that will be incurred but it was allowed to fall. We could be in a no deal situation from 1st February 2020 if Boris Johnson has a majority.

The only way to stop uncertainty is to remain in the single market and the customs union.

Another farmer friend says:

"In spite of the short-term gains that farmers may have had from the weak pound in terms of exports, the longer-term picture is appalling and costly to farmers.

"Gemcom, Cefetra and Glencore (major grain shippers) all predict that Brexit will add £3-5 / tonne to the cost of grain movement and this will be passed onto farmers, so their grain margins are going to be £3-5 / tonne tighter. In the event of a no deal, it will be more but GAFTA does not know how much more yet."

The Liberal Democrats want to Remain in the EU keeping what has been the status quo via EFTA, EEC and the EU since the 1950s. This means staying in the CAP and keeping our 4 freedoms of movement including for workers as well as all the other benefits.

Dr Carol Weaver, Parliamentary Candidate