The Tenant Farmers’ Association (TFA) has urged farmers to prepare for a ‘no deal’ Brexit as the political crisis engulfing Westminster continued to deepen.
The group’s chief executive George Dunn issued the stark warning in an exclusive article for Farmers Guardian’s Brexit hub.
His comments came as a third Minister, Guto Bebb, resigned after voting against the Government’s Customs Bill in protest at Theresa May’s decision to accept a number of amendments put forward by the Brexiteer European Research Group (ERG).
The leave-supporting caucus – which has set up its own independent whipping operation in the House of Commons – believes one of those amendments, which would prevent Britain collecting EU tariffs, has effectively killed off the Government’s Brexit White Paper.
In his article, Mr Dunn said the response of EU politicians to the chaos in London would be to take their ‘long August break untroubled by any great sense of urgency to find a settlement which fits the needs of the UK political timetable’.
“Back home, there is much talk of votes of confidence, Conservative Party leadership elections, an autumn General Election and even another referendum,” he added.
“However, unless it is repealed – which seems unlikely – Section 20 of the European Union Withdrawal Act 2018 determines we will no longer be part of the EU at 11pm on March 29, 2019.
“With such a hard stop, the smart money must be on ‘no deal’ and our farm businesses must prepare for that to be the case.”
To read Mr Dunn’s piece in full, click HERE.