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AGM 2016 - In or out? What will Young Farmers be voting on 23 June?

In or out? Farmers Guardian asks Young Farmers their views at the organised Brexit debate.


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Members discussed the EU Referendum at this year's annual convention
Members discussed the EU Referendum at this year's annual convention

The AGRI Forum at NFYFC’s annual convention was followed by a Brexit debate. Farmers Guardian asked Young Farmers ‘in or out’?

 

With a 50:25:25 split in the audience, half of members wanted to stay in the EU, and the remaining split between out and undecided, members were keen to get their opinions heard.

 


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dafydd

"I am going to vote to remain in the EU. The UK government will not stand up for farmers, let alone the Labour dominated Welsh government.


"A lot of lamb is sent to the European Union in exports, but will that market still be there if we come out? Will farmers on the continent want to still have our product going into their countries?"

 

Dafydd Besent, Bro Ddyfi YFC, Montgomeryshire

amy panton

"The UK should stay in Europe. We are better together and should be lobbying together to harmonise standards across the Union."

 

Amy Panton, Huntingdon YFC, Cambridgeshire

nicola blowey

"There is a more convincing argument to stay in. How can we come out when the alternative is unknown?

 

"We should all engage more in the EU and our own government as both farmers and Young Farmers. Negotiating a better deal out of the EU is unlikely."

 

Nicola Blowey, Eccleshall YFC, Staffordshire

harry cole

"As Matt Naylor said in this morning’s AGRI Forum, we should vote out.

 

"We should be making money from production not payments. We do not receive any money as contractors from the EU, just more regulations.

 

"And do you actually get anything from it?"

Harry Cole, Westbury-on-Severn YFC, Gloucestershire

natalie moore

"I will be voting out as I do not like things the way they are.

 

"The only reason people will vote to stay in is because they are frightened to come out.

 

"We should just try it. Then, if we are not putting money into the EU, we will have more money in our pockets. With the size of our country, compared to our population, we cannot lose."

 

Natalie Moore, Tadcaster and Wetherby YFC, Yorkshire

laura graham

"I am uncertain about my vote, but what is plan B? I think I am leaning more towards staying in.

 

"The EU may be broken, but we can fix it if we work together. Farmers need to stand together across the UK and EU."

 

Laura Graham, Escrick YFC, Yorkshire

sam dilcock

"I am undecided. There are a lot of benefits to staying in the EU.

 

"In or out though, there will still be the same challenges as other farmers face worldwide, which we need to face together in unity."

 

Sam Dilcock, chair of agriculture and rural issues steering group

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