As the Westminster Government publishes plans for tariff rates in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Kirsty Williams has said its implications for farming would mean “any MP voting in favour of a no-deal Brexit would do so in the knowledge it would bring our agricultural sector to its knees.”
It comes ahead of the vote in Westminster on leaving the EU without a deal later today.
Farming unions have warned of the effect the tariffs would have on the industry. FUW have warned of “unprecedented disruption” while the NFU said “the publication of this tariff is another example of how British farming will be damaged by a no-deal Brexit.”
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:
“A no-deal Brexit would mean farmers who currently benefit from free trade arrangements would face tariffs when exporting to the EU. Clearly this is particularly important here in Brecon and Radnorshire, where the agricultural sector is so crucial to our local economy.
“Despite repeated warnings from industry representatives, elements of the Conservative Party continue to flirt with – or even actively advocate – a no-deal Brexit. We need to be very clear about the risk this would pose to our farmers.
“Later today Westminster will vote on whether to leave the EU without a deal. Any MP voting in favour of a no-deal Brexit would do so in the knowledge it would bring our agricultural sector to its knees.”