You are viewing 1 of your 2 free articles

You’ll need to join us by becoming a member to gain more access.
Already a Member?

Login Join us now

MEP demands Government publishes secret Brexit studies about farming


South West MEP Molly Scott Cato has written to Brexit Secretary David Davis to ask him to publish the results of ‘secret studies’ which assess the impact of leaving the single market and customs union on farmers.

Twitter Facebook
Molly Scott Cato MEP
Molly Scott Cato MEP
Share This

MEP demands Government publishes secret #Brexit studies about farming

Her call follows the leak of a document from the Department of Health which showed the NHS could be short of 40,000 nurses by 2026 without freedom of movement.


The letter said: “We know currently around 65 per cent of total UK agricultural exports go to the EU, while around 70 per cent of the UK’s imports originate from other EU countries.


“We also know removing us from the single market risks the possibility of punitive tariffs on exports and imports, while an end to free movement would make it impossible to take on the seasonal migrant labour from EU countries which is crucial to many farms.


Deeply concerned


“The farmers and communities I represent in the South West of England are rightly deeply concerned by the uncertainty which still surrounds such issues. For long-term planning they need reassurance and clear guidance from Government.”


Ms Scott Cato’s letter also asked if Ministers had explored the impact of reducing environmental regulations.


Her demands came shortly after the Brexit Secretary was criticised by the Farmers’ Union of Wales for admitting he had not looked at the economic implications of falling back on to World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.


The Minister told MPs economic modelling was only as accurate as the assumptions which underpin it, and as the Government was looking to introduce a number of mitigation measures which would change the underlying assumptions, any forecast given now would be unreliable.

SYFF letter plug

Tell your MP to prioritise farming in post-Brexit Britain by sending him or her our pre-written letter.

Click here to check your local MP




Twitter Facebook
Rating (0 vote/s)
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

More News

Lack of Government funding leaves kids wondering where food comes from

A leading farming charity has warned some children are missing out on learning where their food comes from because of a lack of Government funding.

Migrant labour key to meeting growth targets in Scotland

Low domestic unemployment and higher turnover rates in staff mean the sector is reliant on migrant labour to continue to grow

'The pressure is on' - senior legal experts say farming should be Brexit priority

A group of senior barristers has called on the Government to prioritise agriculture in the Brexit talks.

Make dairy as important as the car industry, insists Dairy UK chairman

Dairy should receive the same treatment the car industry does in upcoming Brexit negotiations, according to the Dairy UK chairman.

Over 1,500 farm vacancies unfilled as labour shortage bites

Over 1,500 on-farm vacancies went unfilled in May this year as labour providers struggled to recruit enough workers.
FG Insight and FGInsight.com are trademarks of Briefing Media Ltd.
Farmers Guardian and FarmersGuardian.com are trademarks of Farmers Guardian Ltd, a subsidiary of Briefing Media Ltd.
All material published on FGInsight.com and FarmersGuardian.com is copyrighted © 2016 by Briefing Media Limited. All rights reserved.
RSS news feeds