NFU calls for clarity after election shock

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NFU calls for clarity after election shock

Union says whoever forms the new government must put farming at the heart of its policies and Brexit negotiations

NFU calls for clarity after election shock

Meurig Raymond

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The NFU has reiterated its commitment to working with the new government to ensure British food and farming is centre stage within the new administration and Brexit negotiations, but stresses that clarity is urgently needed.

President Meurig Raymond said: "The NFU has a good relationship with all parties and, as ever, will work with whoever is in power to promote the interests of British farming.

“British farming underpins the country’s largest manufacturing sector and with farming arguably the sector most impacted by Brexit, NFU members need clarity and certainty as soon as possible over who will govern the country and how they plan to support profitable, productive and progressive agriculture and horticulture in the future. The NFU will be seeking early meetings with ministers. It is important for our industry to have clarity and see certainty from a functioning administration as soon as possible."

Raymond stressed that if the formal Brexit negotiations begin as planned on June 19, the union will continue to push for "the right post-Brexit trade deal, regulatory framework, a domestic agricultural policy suited to Britain and access to a competent, reliable workforce."

“We are also calling on the new government to support British farming through a number of other measures, including a commitment to continue with the 25-year TB Eradication strategy, ensuring regulation is based on robust scientific evidence, and tackling the increasing problems of rural crime," he added. "The government should be proud to promote British food at home and abroad and champion British food and farming through its public procurement policy.”

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