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Double triumph in anti-EU debate for Norfolk farmer and MEP

11:09 08 December 2012

Stuart Agnew at the launch of the UKIP election campaign in Norwich Photo: Bill Smith
Copy: Shaun Lowthorpe
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01603 772434

Stuart Agnew at the launch of the UKIP election campaign in Norwich Photo: Bill Smith Copy: Shaun Lowthorpe For: EDP / EADT Archant © 2009 01603 772434

Archant © 2009

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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