CLA Cymru responds to Jeremy Hunt’s proposals for a relief programme for farming in case of ‘no deal’ Brexit

01 July 2019

CLA Cymru Director, Rebecca Williams responds to the news that, if elected Conservative Party leader and a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario takes place, Jeremy Hunt will introduce a “relief programme” for farming,

Responding to the news that, if elected Conservative Party leader and a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario takes place, Jeremy Hunt will introduce a “relief programme” for farming, CLA Cymru Director, Rebecca Williams said: 

“This announcement recognises the unique circumstances of the sector and the negative consequences of a ‘no deal’ scenario for a significant number of farmers up and down the land. This is especially true for sectors such as sheep farming in Wales where the deadline of 31 October could not come at a worse time.

“However, it must not mask the real issues with a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Whoever wins the leadership race will need to negotiate a future trade deal with the EU which is as free and frictionless as possible, every effort should be spent towards achieving that goal and securing the primary export market for a huge proportion of the UK’s agricultural production.

“Mr Hunt’s proposals are also unclear in some areas. The Westminster Government and the Welsh Government will need to work together very quickly to ensure Welsh farmers can be supported by the relief programme.”