"British farmers have so much to contribute"

Meurig Raymond at the Yorkshire Show_36738NFU President Meurig Raymond shared some thoughts on this week's key Brexit speech from PM Theresa May during an interview with Farming Today this morning.

Mr Raymond told the Radio Four programme the NFU would like to see tariff-free access to the European Union and that access to labour for farming businesses remains crucial.

“Farming underpins the biggest manufacturing sector in the UK – it’s worth £108bn and it employs 3.9 million people,” he said.

“It’s so important that we have a fair a deal as possible with unfettered access into the European market.

“We’ve always said we need seasonal workers to harvest the fruit and vegetables in the field. We need a reliable competent workforce to do skilled work. I believe that we have something to negotiate with government in the weeks ahead and I can assure you that’s what we’ll be doing on behalf of our members. This must be a Brexit for all in the UK and British farmers have so much to contribute.”

Listen to the interview here (from 10mins 15sec).

Last edited on: 18:01:2017

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