NFU vice president Guy Smith warned farmers need to wake up to the threat of losing glyphosate following our revelation last week that it could be banned by the end of 2017.
He said the EU’s position on the herbicide will remain important to Britain after Brexit because exports could still be subject to restrictions even if UK ministers face down calls for a ban.
He also raised concerns about the strength of the green lobby, saying there is a danger environmental organisations could hammer the Government for lowering standards if a previously restricted product is allowed back on to the market.
“The NFU now needs to start our pan-European lobbying through our Brussels office and COPA.
“This is very much a French and German sneeze we could catch a cold from, because the Green vote is very important in those countries and they both have elections coming up”, he added.
Mr Smith promised to discuss glyphosate with his European counterparts at an upcoming phytosanitary meeting.
Read more about the possible ban HERE.