NFU Cymru President Stephen James has warned against a ‘no deal’ Brexit, speaking at NFU Conference 2017.
Mr James said a ‘no deal’ Brexit could have ‘severe implications’ for Welsh farmers, described the UK remaining in the Single Market as the only ‘sensible option’, said the agricultural sector is ‘running out of patience’ with negotiations, and called the prospect of leaving the European Union without a deal ‘deeply troubling’.
Kirsty Williams AM has welcomed the news, and reiterated calls for Wales to remain in the Single Market.
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:
“14 days ago the Farmers’ Union of Wales called for ‘common sense to prevail’ and for Wales to remain in the single market. Now the National Farmers’ Union (Cymru) have said the only ‘sensible option’ for Wales is to remain a part of the customs union and have warned against a ‘deeply troubling’ no deal Brexit.
“It is clear that the UK Government’s handling of Brexit negotiations is entirely unsatisfactory. The success of the agricultural sector affects every single person in Wales. We need politicians from all parties to recognise the importance of the single market and fight to stay in it.”