The NFU hosted representatives from more than 40 farming and rural charities at a summit highlighting the challenges farmers face in the current political climate.
The event, held at NFU HQ in Stoneleigh, saw delegates discuss the potential impacts on farmers and their businesses of exiting the EU - with or without a deal.
NFU Vice President Stuart Roberts said:
“Farmers are affected by the same pressures that affect everyone else in society, from finances to relationships. On top of this they run business which are particularly vulnerable to external volatility and can face isolation from the very nature of where they farm. And while these have been a challenge for farmers way before the referendum, Brexit has served to amplify the stress and anxiety within the industry.
“We still have no certain answer to the big Brexit question of how we will leave the EU, whether that’s with a deal or without one, but we can be sure that either outcome will have an impact on farmers and their businesses. This event was about sharing knowledge of where we could be in terms of trade, access to labour, domestic agricultural policy and regulation depending on the Brexit outcome, to enable charities to better understand the difficulties farmers will face in the coming months and how they can best support those in need.
“The NFU continues to call on government to ensure the UK’s exit from the EU is orderly, with the essential deals and policies in place that safeguard the future of British food and farming.”
Above: NFU Vice President Stuart Roberts pictured on farm
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