NFU to host Brexit breakfast meetings to gauge policy priorities

Robert Sheasby, NFU East Anglia

Robert Sheasby, NFU East Anglia - Credit: Submitted

A series of Brexit breakfast meetings will be held across East Anglia to give farmers the chance to help shape the future of Britain's agricultural policy.

The National Farmers' Union (NFU) is developing an options paper covering crucial areas such as trade, access to labour, financial support and regulation. At the meetings, NFU advisers will update members on the paper's draft findings and collate views to feed back as the final report is prepared.

NFU East Anglia regional director Robert Sheasby said: 'This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for farmers to be part of deciding the future of British farming. We need as many members as possible to be involved.

'This consultation is taking place during the busiest period in the farming calendar but it's vital that farmers across East Anglia take this chance to have their say. We've organised a series of breakfast meetings so farmers can be back on the farm and, weather permitting, back on the combine by mid-morning.'

Five larger member meetings are also being organised in the region for September, to gain additional views before the finished document goes to NFU Council for approval on October 11.

NFU president Meurig Raymond said: 'We will consult our members, in every sector, in every county, to ensure that they have a say in shaping the future of farming for them, their children and their grandchildren.

'The contribution of this country's farming and food industry to the economy, and to food security, should be taken extremely seriously by the UK government. We need a policy that ensures a profitable, productive and sustainable future for British farming. The NFU's influence, with the backing of its membership, is paramount in this.'

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The list of August meetings includes:

August 2:

• March Golf Club, March, Cambs.

• The Hunny Bell, Hunworth, near Holt.

August 3:

• Easton and Otley College, Norwich.

• Halesworth Golf Club, Halesworth.

August 4:

• The Kings Arms, Swaffham.

• Cedars Hotel, Stowmarket.

August 5:

• NFU Regional Office, Newmarket.

The meetings are for NFU members only, and booking is essential. Call 01638 672100 or email