Farming Minister must answer questions on Brexit

22 February 2016

Farming Minister George Eustice has declared his support for the case for the UK to leave the EU.  

The CLA, which represents landowners and other rural businesses, has called on him to answer member questions about what a Brexit would mean for farming and the wider rural economy.

CLA President Ross Murray said: “We respect the Farming Minister’s decision to support the campaign for the UK to leave the EU. As the person who has been responsible for farming policy since 2013, he is uniquely placed to spell out a vision for how UK farmers can trade with EU and the rest of the world; and the future of rural economy outside the common agricultural policy. 

“Ten days ago the Minister told a farming conference that the onus would be on the Brexit campaign to set out a vision for agriculture in the event the UK decides to leave the EU. Now he has declared his position the onus is on him to do so."

Mr Murray’s comments follow a commitment made by the CLA to ensure that rural issues are not forgotten in this important campaign. He said: “We will not be telling our members how to vote, but we will be playing a full part in this vitally important debate between now and June 23rd. It is vital that our members and the wider rural business community have the best information possible to help them decide how to vote.”

Click here for comments made by Farming Minister George Eustice at the Norfolk Farming Conference: http://www.fwi.co.uk/news/brexit-campaign-must-make-case-for-farming-says-eustice.htm