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Farmers react to EU referendum result

Farmers consider the effect the vote to exit the European Union will have on their businesses.


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Edward Hitchcock

Arable Farmer

"Nothing changes overnight. In the short term, the fall in sterling is good for agriculture, for both imports and exports. In the long term, I think it’s the right decision for both the country and for agriculture.

 

"It’s not the end of the world; it’s the catalyst for the shake up that we need.

 

"Public perception of farmers has very much improved in recent years. We need to maintain that perception of farmers as custodians of the countryside, as guardians of the environment.

 

"There’ll be demands from all sectors for the money. Agriculture must not be pushed into the background."


James Small

Livestock farmer

"I think it was a surprise to everyone.

 

"We now need to work with government so they recognise farming as important.

 

"Agriculture is worth over £100bn a year to the UK economy. I look forward to engaging with farmers on how they think a British Agriculture Policy should look.

 

"The industry all needs to come together. At heart we all want the same thing. We all want an environment for business to operate. We want to not be disadvantaged by exports and imports. We need fair terms to trade on the single market."


John Davies

Sheep farmer

"I was surprised it was so close. Most farmers and business people I know were voting out.

 

"Short term, the pound falling could be beneficial. Long term, I'm not sure. I don't think we'll get rid of the regulations. Sometimes, it's how we interpret the regulations which can be different from other countries.

 

"We'll have to wait and see."

 

"We have voted out and we have to live with the consequences.

 

"Had we stayed in, it would have stayed the same. Now we are out, we have a chance to make a change."


Will Case

Mixed Farmer

"It wasn't what I wanted but I won't be panicking.

 

"My biggest worry was on interest rates and how it might affect our borrowing. There has been no massive meltdown yet. I don't think anybody could tell me how it was going to be better for their business.

 

"There is an awful lot of work for farming and farming organisations to do to get the rules we want. We need to catch the attention of ministers and hope they can get a trade deal that works for farming.

 

"I hope it is a good thing. I'm quite happy if I am to be wrong on this."

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