A rural sentiment survey carried out by Knight Frank has found Brexit is the number one concern of farmers.
33 per cent of all those consulted were ‘very concerned’ about the impact of leaving the EU, compared to 17 per cent who were ‘not at all concerned’.
Respondents feared the Government will not prioritise agriculture in Brexit negotiations and felt Defra is not up to the challenge of administering a new system of farm support.
Over half the farmers included in the study believed forging new trade deals with non-EU countries should be top of Defra’s priority list, but maintaining tariff-free access to the single market was also deemed essential, with 48 per cent of those surveyed classing it as ‘very important’.
Poor broadband and RPA administration issues followed Brexit as the second and third biggest worries.