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People in Cornwall don’t fear Brexit, but they do fear continued uncertainty

People in Cornwall do not fear Brexit, but they do fear continued uncertainty and lack of direction, which is why I’m hoping for a clear result in this election, says Cornish lamb and beef farmer Rona Amiss.

When I agreed to do a regular piece on the Brexit Hub I didn’t imagine there would still be nothing to write about.

 

And I certainly didn’t realise one of my articles would be published on the day of a General Election.

 

It’s still raining, the cattle are eating the silage stocks while we have fields of grass which are too wet to graze.

 

Normally at this time of year I have a chance to catch up, clean the house and take stock after a busy tearoom summer.

 

But I seem to plodding around in mud being blasted by yet another storm. What a crazy time of year for an election.

 

Active

 

I have always tried to be active in my support for my local candidate, feeling if I don’t do something then I can’t complain about the outcome, but delivering leaflets in a stormy Lizard is taking some determination.

 

We are a Conservative/Liberal Democrat marginal, with our likable local conservative winning by only 313 votes in 2017.

 

A strong leave area, it should be easy to return Derek Thomas with an increased majority, but the competition is fierce and priorities are unclear.

 

I have a 19-year-old voter in the house and he seems to be a target, with multiple leaflets arriving daily.

 

Admits

 

Our Lib Dem candidate doesn’t mention Brexit unless he is forced to, when he admits revoking

Article 50 is undemocratic and he doesn’t support it.

 

Never known previously to toe the party line, he’s sticking very much to local issues to try and rally support.

 

So is Brexit the most important issue? It shouldn’t be, but yes, I think it is.

 

We continue to blindly run a business with no idea what is going to happen, all parties are promising the same levels of agricultural support for a time, but what next?

 

Fear

 

Here in Cornwall, people don’t seem to fear Brexit, but they do fear the continuous uncertainty and lack of direction.

 

I certainly fear months of dithering and talk, so I am at least hoping for some sort of clear result so something is decided.

 

It would be nice to think next week the radio will be playing Christmas tunes and reporting

on the increase in sales of local meat over the festive season, as the new culture of saving the planet realises buying local is best for everyone.

 

Reality suggests I will still be stood in the farmers’ market explaining that my beef isn’t responsible for cutting down the rainforest, but, just maybe, I will have some inkling what may happen next in the great Brexit debate.

 

Rona can be found tweeting at @grassfedsheep


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