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UK farming unions: Secure a negotiated Brexit deal!

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An extension of the Article 50 deadline will be necessary in order to avoid a catastrophe for British farming and food production.

Posted on Mar 13 ,10:07

UK farming unions: Secure a negotiated Brexit deal!

Leaders of the four farming unions in the UK, NFU President Minete Batters, NFU Cymru President John Davies, NFU Scotland President Andrew McCornick and Ulster Farmers’ Union President Ivor Ferguson have issued a joint statement following the Prime Minister’s defeat on her Brexit deal in the House of Commons.
"The outcome of the vote means there is no realistic possibility of achieving an orderly departure from the EU on March 29. A no deal exit from the EU would be a catastrophe for British farming and food production. Therefore some sort of extension of the Article 50 deadline will be necessary. It is critical that the Government and MPs identify a clear strategy to secure Parliament’s support for a negotiated Brexit deal between the UK and the EU and use any extension of Article 50 constructively. We cannot simply delay the prospect of no deal", says the statement.
On March 12, Theresa May’s plan to exit the European Union was rejected by Brtish Parliament with a 391 to 242 vote. There are 16 days until the deadline for leaving the European Union and the uncertainty regarding the way Britain is going to exit the EU has already consequences on farming businesses. "It is time for MPs to consider the concessions they will need to accommodate to support a deal that finally brings to an end the enormous and damaging uncertainty that is already undermining our food and farming sectors", the four presidents said. The Parliament is going to decide today if the UK is to leave the EU under no-deal scenario.

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