29 April 2019

The Suffolk Show next month (May 29-30) will come at a pivotal time for farmers and landowners and will demonstrate why thriving rural industries in the East of England are so important to the wider UK economy.

That is the view of CLA East (Country Land and Business Association) Regional Director Ben Underwood as the organisation that represents farmers, landowners and rural businesses, opens the booking process for its breakfast and lunch events at the show.

“The Suffolk Show is a unique celebration of the county’s best food, farming and agricultural heritage and the CLA has been proud to be involved with the show for many years,” said Ben.

“We are fortunate in the East of England to have some of the most innovative and forward-thinking rural businesses in the country and the Suffolk Show is a fantastic opportunity to recognise that.

“However, the event this year comes at a pivotal time for farmers and landowners. Brexit decisions made by politicians in Westminster in the next few months will undoubtedly have a significant impact on many rural businesses in our region.

“The extension of the Brexit process to the end of October avoided an abrupt ‘no-deal’ and its negative consequences for farming and the rural economy. It is essential that this additional time is used to develop a post-Brexit relationship with the EU which delivers as free and frictionless trade as possible, something that simply must be a priority. 

“We need a more consensual approach to negotiations in both Westminster and Brussels than has been the case to date, so a deal can be collectively delivered which meets the needs of farming and the wider economy.

“We look forward to attending the Suffolk Show next month and fully expect the topic of Brexit to dominate many conversations.”

The CLA will host breakfast events for CLA members and their guests on both days of the Suffolk Show in its marquee (stand 623). It will also host a lunch on the first day. For full details on how to book visit the events pages of the CLA website here.