Farmers quiz MP over Brexit at Oswestry Show

By Sue Austin | Oswestry | Farming | Published:

Farmers have quizzed north Shropshire MP, Owen Paterson, over tariffs on exports to Europe after Brexit.

Owen Paterson with NFU staff at Oswestry Show

The former Defra minister joined the National Farmers meeting for a breakfast meeting at Oswestry Show and talked about the current Brexit situation in relation to agriculture.

In the question and answer session that followed several Welsh hill farmers asked the MP about tariffs on exports to Europe, saying 35 per cent of their lamb is exported, almost all of that to the EU.

They said World Trade Agreement tariffs could make Welsh Lamb too expensive and that the European buyers would look elsewhere.

An egg farmer raised the same point while a potato farmer said he was concerned about the drop in prices for potatoes.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Paterson said: "There are farmers who very worried however they are concerned about the very worst case scenario."

The UK government understands how important the agricultural industry is to the country. It will not stand back, it will look at ways that it can help farmers if the worst case happens.

"At the end of the meeting dozens of farmers approached me to congratulate the government on its Brexit stance."

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.


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