Farmers fear ‘catastrophic’ no-deal scenario if EU withdrawal agreement fails
- Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016
East Anglia's farming leaders warned of a 'catastrophic' no-deal scenario if the prime minister's draft withdrawal agreement is not adopted by Parliament.
Rachel Carrington, regional director for the National Farmers' Union, said: 'A no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for farm businesses across East Anglia.
'The NFU has maintained that free and frictionless trade with the EU is absolutely critical for British agriculture. Under the Single Market, the same rules apply if you are trading between Norwich and Bedford or Norwich and Budapest. That would end in the event of a no deal, without any transition period.
'It is likely we would see supply chain disruption, with delays at the border as checks are made on goods moving between the UK and EU. There would also be a temporary ban on exports of meat, dairy eggs and other animal products to the EU, until the UK was listed as an approved third country.
'A no deal scenario could lead to labour shortages, with sectors such as poultry and horticulture at most risk. The UK could also be opened up to food imports produced to lower standards and with lower costs, against which our farmers would struggle to compete.
You may also want to watch:
'For the arable farmers in our region they could struggle to access the plant protection products or other inputs they need, as products could be held up in delays at the border.
'This withdrawal agreement – if approved – would remove these threats and provide some desperately-needed short-term stability while our future relationship with the EU is negotiated.'
- 1 Man dies in hospital after fight near Norfolk pub
- 2 Norfolk wakes up to empty pumps – despite assurances of ‘ample fuel stocks’
- 3 The Bill star reveals he has moved to Norfolk and why he loves it
- 4 Queues form at Norfolk petrol stations - despite reassurances over stock
- 5 Huge seaside home with indoor pool for sale for £600,000
- 6 How farm shop grew from honesty-box shed to £1.2m turnover
- 7 Petrol station queues causing rush-hour delays
- 8 SOLD! Royal Arcade goes for £2m MORE than guide price
- 9 Why has a golden dome appeared in this Norfolk town?
- 10 Dramatic pictures as huge barn fire breaks out near coast