NFU media coverage: Where have we been this week?

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1-7 July 2019

NFU President Minette Batters was interviewed by Sky News during the Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme where she reiterated why a no-deal Brexit would be disastrous for UK farming. Some of the issues Minette highlighted were the loss of access to the EU market and the possibility of importing food produced to lower standards. This show was viewed by around 130,000 people.

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In response to the interview on Sky News with Sophy Ridge, a number of national newspapers including The Sun, The Daily Express, The I, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Mail and The Independent reported on the comments made by NFU President Minette Batters, emphasising her point that a tariff wall would restrict exports of British meat to the EU.

NFU Horticulture and Potatoes Board Chairman Ali Capper was featured on Saturday morning’s BBC Breakfast, attracting around 1.5 million viewers, where she discussed seasonal labour shortages and the NFU’s call for government to increase SAWS pilot scheme numbers. Farming Today (listen from 10 mins 30 seconds) also covered the issue, and the programme interviewed NFU Horticulture and Potatoes Board member Anthony Snell who said that next year the scheme would need to be extended from 2,500 workers to 30,000.

NFU President Minette Batters was featured on Radio 4 Six O'Clock News (7mins 30 secs) discussing Jeremy Hunt’s proposed £6bn for the fishing and farming industries in a no-deal Brexit. Minette said that although she welcomed the support, a no-deal Brexit would still be catastrophic for the industry.

BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine programme (from 14 minutes), which was listened to by around 1.4 million people, also covered Jeremy Hunt’s announcement and interviewed NFU Deputy President Guy Smith about the implications of a no-deal Brexit for UK farmers.

Prime Minister's Questions (listen from 10 mins) featured a debate on the impact of a no-deal Brexit; with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn mentioning that the NFU has said that this outcome would be very damaging to British farming. This was also covered by Sky News and The Mirror Online.

NFU media coverage: Livestock farming

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Read the NFU's national media coverage on livestock farming here:

NFU media coverage: BPS & environmental schemes

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Read the NFU's national media coverage on BPS and agri-environment schemes here:

NFU media coverage: Climate change

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Read the NFU's national media coverage on the climate change report and net zero emissions here:

NFU media coverage: Food standards

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Read the NFU's national media coverage on food production standards and imports here:

NFU media coverage: Brexit & The Agriculture Bill

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Read the NFU's national media coverage on Brexit developments here:

NFU media coverage: General licenses

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Read the NFU's national media coverage on the removal of general licenses for best bird species here:

NFU media coverage: US trade deal post-Brexit

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As US President Donald Trump began his state visit to the UK, the NFU made sure both the government and the public were fully aware of the issues at stake regarding any future trade deal the UK agrees with the United States post-Brexit. See the coverage. 

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