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The UK farming industry deserves better than a dysfunctional, anti-Brexit Parliament

UK farmers work hard every day to provide top-quality food and they have been badly let down by a dysfunctional Parliament which refuses to deliver Brexit, says Tory Shadow Welsh Rural Affairs Minister Andrew RT Davies.

Parliament has failed. To the outside and the rest of the world, the House of Commons has become a laughing stock when it comes to implementing Brexit.

 

There is of course plenty of blame to throw around – from elements of the Government, to the ERG, to remainers who have no interest in respecting the result of June 2016 and instead are doing all in their power to ensure democracy is ignored.

 

And for that, we owe the people, and particularly you the farming community, one big stinking apology.

 

This situation is wholly depressing and quite frankly unacceptable.

 

Majority

 

Because let’s be clear: a majority of people in this country voted to leave the European Union. If polls and surveys are to believed, so too a majority of farmers.

 

They were sick of a European Union which has let down the industry in the UK, and saw an opportunity to have power and control over agricultural policy in this country for the first time in decades.

 

We, you, have been badly let down.

 

And what comes next, to be quite honest, is anyone’s guess.

 

Secure

 

After months of attempting to push her Withdrawal Agreement through the Commons, the Prime Minister and some in the Cabinet feel she has no other option but to reach out to the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, to secure a way forward.

 

However, this comes with many problems, particularly as his idea of Brexit would see our trade policy contracted out to the EU, without the UK having a voice or seat at the table.

 

Is that really appropriate for the world’s fifth biggest economy?

 

I have my doubts about where this will end, especially when the Labour Party has been steadfast to date in opposing the Withdrawal Agreement, despite having zero objections to a single word.

 

Legitimising

 

I’m also very wary of legitimising a man we’ve spent the best part of three years castigating for being a Marxist-sympathising, anti-Semitic threat to our nation.

 

And let’s be quite frank – the biggest threat to the agriculture industry in this country is a Corbyn-led Labour Government. As a farmer, the thought fills me with dread.

 

But what isn’t in doubt is the fact that this has been an abject failure on behalf of the politicians at Westminster to deliver on the wishes of people.

 

Compared to the efforts of our farmers up and down the land who work night and day to provide world-beating food and care for our environment, our industry deserves far better.

 

Passions

 

Passions have undoubtedly run high on all sides, and for some, this will be a moment to celebrate.

 

But in our heart of hearts, I’m sure everyone will accept that failure to implement and deliver on the referendum result will have disastrous consequences for democracy in this country.

 

A dysfunctional Parliament has failed the people. And the farming industry in Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom deserves far better.

 

Andrew can be found tweeting at @AndrewRTDavies


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