NFU gives cautious backing to UK staying within EU

The NFU Council yesterday resolved that "on the balance of existing evidence", the interests of farmers are best served by the UK's continuing membership of the European Union.

Image: Eoghan OLionnain
Image: Eoghan OLionnain

The union said in a statement: "The NFU recognises and respects the diversity of views among its membership. The NFU's position is based solely on an evaluation of the agricultural merits of the case and the NFU is fully aware there are many wider issues at stake.

"The NFU will not be actively campaigning in the referendum; it will not be joining with any campaign groups and it will not, in any circumstances, advise its members how to vote."

But it said that under Electoral Commission rules, it "will be required to register to enable it to continue to carry out its essential role of informing members of the issues as they affect farmers".

The NFU has already held 28 roadshows across the country to enable members to debate the likely impact on farming of leaving the EU.


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