Leadsom pledges support for British farmers post-EU

Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom and farming minister George Eustice signed the NFU's "post-Brexit pledge" and wore specially designed British wheat lapel badges to show support for British farming during Prime Minister's Questions today (14 September).

Andrea Leadsom - Image: DECC (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Andrea Leadsom - Image: DECC (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Leadsom said: "British farming is a bedrock of our economy, and enjoys a global reputation for producing world class food. I want to see this vital industry go from strength to strength and supporting our farmers will form an important part of our exit from the EU."

Meanwhile farmers and NFU staff took a range of British produce to London today to encourage more MPs to back British farming, a move which coincided with the end of the NFU's extensive member consultation on the impact of Brexit and what a future domestic farming policy should look like.

NFU deputy president Minette Batters said: "It is essential that post-Brexit, agriculture is seen as strategically and politically important in all future trade negotiations. But beyond that, we need government to ensure it is committed to supporting the long-term future of an industry worth £108bn to the economy."


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