Norfolk farmer and UKIP agriculture spokesman Stuart Agnew’s debating skill has secured another victory for his anti-Europe stance.

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He achieved a shock victory at the Oxford Union in January and has added a further scalp at the Stormont Assembly in a debate with the Young Farmers’ Club of Ulster.

Euro-MP Mr Agnew, who is an arable and free-range poultry farmer at Helhoughton, near Fakenham, travelled to Belfast to propose the motion that “Northern Ireland agriculture could survive outside the EU.” He was opposed by Campbell Tweed, who is a former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union.

There was a secret poll of the audience. Although not disclosed until after the debate, the motion attracted 42pc support.

Mr Agnew said the sticking point was the single farm payment, which he maintained would “diminish over time because of strong budgetary pressures and the EU’s relentless expansion to the south and the east, where all these new countries will want their share of a diminishing cake.”

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