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National Farmers’ Union
Senior Tory MP warns Brexit ‘destroying’ British agriculture and condemns government failure to act 15/12/2021
A furious Neil Parish laid into Kevin Foster, the immigration minister, for ignoring a recommendation to make it easier to bring in EU butchers and other workers – leading to a huge shortage.
"opening our ports, shelves & fridges to food which would be illegal to produce here would not only be morally bankrupt..." - Minette Batters, NFU 26/02/2020
"To sign up to a trade deal which results in opening our ports, shelves & fridges to food which would be illegal to produce here would not only be morally bankrupt, it would be the work of the insane."
'A no deal would be absolutely savage for us, I cannot imagine how bad it will look' - National Farmers' Union president 03/02/2019
THE “sheer scale” of uncertainty created by Brexit is proving extremely challenging for fishing and farming businesses, MSPs have been told.
The grocer also promised to avoid America’s hormone-injected beef and to only sell British produce.
A live animal border control post needed due to Brexit will not be built at Portsmouth International Port.
Australia trade deal will deliver minimal benefit to UK economy and poses risks for farmers, say experts 15/06/2021
Farmers fear that deal will mean they risk being undercut by cheap imports made to lower animal welfare standards.
Talk at this week’s NFU conference will be alive with financial, labour and competition concerns.
Boris Johnson faces angry backlash from farmers after dismissing post-Brexit food fears as ‘mumbo jumbo’ 25/02/2020
Prime minister told that allowing in ‘food which would be illegal to produce here would not only be morally bankrupt, it would be the work of the insane’
Boris Johnson has been warned his prospective free trade deal with Australia could “decimate” the British farming industry, as opposition parties unite against a zero-tariff agreement.
The UK left the EU at the end of 2020, and according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, Brexit has already led to a significant slump in trade between the EU and the UK... / Brexit supporters endorsed the idea of CANZUK – an alliance between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Disruption to trade is not ‘teething problem’, parliamentary committee hears.
NFU says UK produces only 60% of its own food and must increase production to avoid food insecurity after leaving EU.
Brexit deal winners ‘are Australian producers, Australian farmers, indeed Australia full stop’ 17/06/2021
The comments, from the acting Australian PM, will send shivers down the spine of the British farming community.
The end of the holiday season heralds the return to centre stage of a number of burning Brexit-related issues this autumn.
Increased costs and administrative hurdles are stifling the movement of horses and livestock in what were once thriving industries.
A government body has recommended that protections inherited from the EU to protect UK steel producers are ended.
Mr Raymond was responding to claims published by economist Patrick Minford, who predicted a benefit to the country of £135bn from a “hard Brexit” that eliminated tariffs, and a report from the Institute of Economic Affairs recommending a policy of unilateral free trade once the UK leaves the EU.
A new report sounds the death knell for Britain’s farms in the event of no deal. It’s not the vision our farmers were sold
Britain would run out of food by end of week if country relied solely on British food, study finds 17/08/2020
The union representing farming has revealed research which shows Britons would run out of food by the weekend if it was solely reliant on just British food.
Unprecedented labour shortages have left hundreds of tonnes of produce rotting in the fields.
Farmers have warned of "huge downsides" to Boris Johnson's new trade deal with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Many Brits will be forced to go without a Christmas turkey this year because of Brexit labour shortages, MPs were told this afternoon.
Campaigners hail dramatic government climbdown in battle to protect post-Brexit food standards 01/11/2020
Watchdog to finally get teeth to block chlorinated chicken and hormone-fed beef imports
Concern is growing among farmers and unions about the importation of lower quality food to the UK, post-Brexit.
Britain's turkey farmers will do their best to ensure Christmas "is as normal as it can be" but shortages are likely, an industry representative has warned.
If the UK keeps high standards it could ruin the chance of getting a trade deal with the US.
British farmers fear they could go out of business following a post-Brexit trade deal with the US, the National Farmers Union has told the BBC.
EU subsidy loss 'could wipe out farms' 09/07/2019
With three months to go before the UK could leave the European Union (EU), farmers say they still face uncertainty about future subsidy levels. / "We could be wiped out like the coal industry."
The UK has promised a greener and more pleasant land after breaking free of the EU’s farming subsidy programme. But some warn that the new plans could leave small farms at a disadvantage and leave British farmers on uneven and uncertain ground.
Government scheme to replace EU agricultural payments fuelled by ‘blind optimism’ and still lacking crucial details, say MPs.
Farmers are waking up to the effect Brexit could have on their industry, says PETER HETHERINGTON.
Farmers call for fresh referendum as they warn half of farms will go bust after no-deal exit 14/08/2019
More than half of farms will go bust if Boris Johnson forces through a no-deal Brexit, farmers are warning, as some join the campaign for a fresh referendum. / Farmers for a People’s Vote group is unveiled, as latest arm of the movement demanding a Final Say referendum.
Despite overwhelmingly being in support of leaving the EU at the Brexit referendum, farmers are increasingly gloomy now that they are staring down the reality of what leaving will entail.
NFU president tells conference ministers have no understanding of how food production works. / Food producers have said the challenges they face are “the toughest in a generation” as members of the National Farmers’ Union met for their annual conference after the first full year of Brexit.
Farmers sound alarm as more than 40,000 pigs are culled and meat thrown away due to Brexit and pandemic 22/02/2022
An estimated 200,000 pigs are backed up on farms because of a lack of skilled butchers to process them, while 40,000 animals have already been culled and their meat thrown away, farmers said this morning.
Union and consumer groups warn post-Brexit trade policy must hold food imports to same standards as UK.
NFU says British cattle and sheep farmers will lose out if Australian producers are given tariff-free access.
Fears for future of UK beef farming as Australians eye up tenfold increase in exports after trade deal 20/05/2021
Boris Johnson has been warned that his prospective trade deal with Australia could spell “a slow painful death” for Britain’s beef farming industry, after one of Australia’s biggest producers said a zero-tariff agreement could increase exports to the UK tenfold.
Food industry warns Gove on Brexit 'crisis' 11/02/2019
The UK food industry has threatened to stop co-operating with government policy consultations, saying it is busy trying to stave off the "catastrophic impact" of a no-deal Brexit.
Ruptures have once again emerged across government over the direction of the UK’s post-Brexit trade policy, with environment secretary George Eustice raising concerns about a potential deal with India.
Can someone tell the government Brexit has already happened? / The government has only now asked the Food Standards Agency to plan how it is going to protect public health and safety after Brexit – almost six months after the transition period for leaving the EU ended.
As the UK begins to negotiate trade deals with countries around the world, do you want the food you eat to continue to be produced to the world leading standards you’ve come to expect? Sign our food standards petition and ask the UK government to ensure all food imports are produced to the same high standards as British farmers.
The government has been warned to abandon its proposed tariff-free quota for raw cane sugar imports because of its potential to undercut UK growers.
A dairy farmer said he was told to dump his milk after a shortage of lorry drivers meant it could not be collected.
The Labour leader has been under pressure to criticise the pact with Brussels amid disruption at Irish Sea ports and complaints about export difficulties.
Pig farmers are facing a "human disaster" due to a shortage of abattoir workers, the National Farmer's Union has said.
Lucrative live shellfish trade also hit hard, with consultation over further restrictions on live animal exports ending soon.
Trade secretary agrees to set up a commission to oversee trade deals amid growing concern over chlorinated chicken imports.
The Environment Secretary told the National Farmer’s Union (NFU) conference that there was “no absolute guarantee” that British farmers could export any of their produce to the EU in a no-deal scenario, and would face punishing tariffs even if they could.
Millions of apples left to rot in UK as Brexit uncertainty worsens EU fruit picker shortage 21/10/2019
‘The level of food waste is morally reprehensible,’ says National Farmers’ Union chair.
Minette Batters Interview: The Farming Industry Has Been Ignored Over Post-Brexit Trade Deals 10/01/2022
From driving a tractor to driving government policy, NFU chief Minette Batters talks about the many challenges facing farming.
Minette Batters: ‘I feared farmers would be used as a pawn in trade deals – and that’s what happened’ 29/01/2022
The NFU president has been dismayed by the government’s post-Brexit deals, but has vowed to fight on for British producers
Changes to the agricultural sector following Brexit have been poorly received by English farmers, with many confused by “contradictory” policies.
Nearly 400,000 people sign British farmers' petition to ban 'low quality' US food imports after Brexit 04/06/2020
A campaign to ban cheap, low-quality food imports from the US in a post-Brexit trade deal has amassed well over 350,000 signatures.
New delays to post-Brexit import controls announced despite tax evasion and smuggling fears 11/03/2021
Businesses had warned of Northern Ireland-style disruption to trade if yet more red tape was imposed.
East Anglia’s sugar beet farmers fear an “unjustified and unnecessary” new zero-tariff quota on imported cane sugar could expose them to unfair competition from less-regulated overseas growers.
Lord Debden says agreement ‘completely at odds with everything the government has promised’.
British farming will struggle to compete if zero-tariff trade on lamb and beef goes ahead with a post-Brexit trade deal with Australia, the president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has said.
Minette Batters decries trade deal with Australia and New Zealand. / The president of the National Farmers’ Union has accused the government of using British food producers as a “pawn” in post-Brexit trade deals.
The head of a national farming union has warned Britain will not be able to feed itself without the help of seasonal non-UK labour after Brexit.
No Deal could put more than 50% of UK farms out of business - New report launches 'Farmers for a People's Vote'.
No-deal Brexit could cause mass slaughter of UK lambs as end of European trade spells ‘disaster’ for farmers 08/07/2019
No deal ‘cannot be allowed to happen’, Minette Batters says.
No-deal Brexit could see import tariffs slashed to zero under ‘extraordinarily damaging’ government plan 05/02/2019
Proposal branded ‘ultimate betrayal’ – because it would unilaterally open up UK markets to cheaper goods from across the world.
A no-deal Brexit at the end of the year could significantly raise wheat prices for food suppliers, insiders have warned.
No-deal Brexit is ‘fraught with risk’ and ‘everybody should be worried’, says former top civil servant 08/07/2019
‘Everybody should be worried about what happens in a no-deal situation,’ Philip Rycroft says in interview with BBC Panorama.
'There is a very real risk that a disorderly Brexit will lead to an immediate reliance on overseas imports, produced to lower standards, while many UK farms struggle to survive,' NFU says
Union boss Minette Batters says tariffs would price British farms out of export market.
The warning comes after similar cautions from the country's leading supermarkets.
Environment secretary warns of tariffs and delays as NFU chief calls for firm guidance
US trade deal would mean ‘submitting to someone else’s wishes’, academic says.
Industry faces "disaster" as only root vegetables may be on sale, and cost of ready meals could surge.
EU official confirms farmers may be unable to sell milk to buyers in Irish Republic from day one. / Northern Ireland is facing a Brexit “milk lake” in the event of a no-deal departure, it has emerged.
Opposition to ‘irresponsible’ Australia trade deal rages on as minister urged to ‘fight back’ or resign 24/05/2021
Liz Truss insists ‘British farmers have absolutely nothing to fear from this deal at all’
EU Exit and international trade adviser, Tori Morgan, outlines the main points of the NFU response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee inquiry on moving animals across borders in our post-Brexit world.
Labour shortages caused by Brexit and accentuated by the COVID pandemic have badly affected businesses across the food and farming sector and could cause ‘permanent’ damage, UK lawmakers stated in a report published on Wednesday (6 April).
British businesses fear the move could ruin their industries.
George Freeman tells HuffPost UK Boris Johnson must not "sell out" manifesto pledge as MPs prepare for fresh potential rebellions.
Senior Tory MP warns Brexit ‘destroying’ British agriculture and condemns government failure to act 14/12/2021
Minister under fire for rejecting moves to bring in EU farm workers – as vegetable planting plunges 25%.
“That means that you will have many farmers going out of business and indeed you would have to look at slaughtering quite a large percentage of the national sheep flock.”
Pig farmers are in a “desperate” position – with culls of thousands of healthy animals and producers quitting the industry, they warned as a summit was held on the crisis.
Tariffs axed immediately on Australian beef and lamb, triggering fears that farmers will be sent ‘to the wall’ 15/06/2021
Small print – revealed by Canberra, but suppressed in London – reveals pledge to protect farmers for 15 years has been dropped.
The U.K. will set up a new commission to inform its post-Brexit agricultural policy, bowing to pressure from British farmers and potentially complicating trade negotiations with the U.S.
UK farmers 'betrayed' by government's Brexit tariff plans that risk flooding UK with lower-quality imported food 08/10/2019
British goods face tariffs of up to 60 per cent while many imports won't be charged any under latest Tory plans.
Fears for farmers and anger over dropping of pledge to bind Australia to crucial climate temperature limit.
‘Groundbreaking’ agreement criticised by UK farmers is part of 10-year plan to pivot to Indo-Pacific
The UK is expected to offer Australia a trade deal later on Friday, under which both countries would phase out taxes on imports over 15 years.
Supermarket boss says it would be 'wrong' to keep high standards at home and import lower quality food from abroad
Warning of ‘catastrophic’ no-deal Brexit impact on farmers, as minister suggests tariffs on agriculture will not be manageable 06/12/2020
NFU warns of ‘savage’ consequences of failure to secure free trade agreement with EU.
The UK’s trade agreement with Australia led to British farmers and associations voicing concerns about unfair competition and a lowering of food standards.
The NFU has said everything must to be done to avoid a no deal Brexit, and the catastrophic impact this could have on British farming.
The vote to leave the EU has sparked a clash between sugar-cane importers and farmers producing homegrown sugar beet. Is this bitter skirmish a microcosm of the big battles to come?
With fellow Europeans leaving the UK, and no British workers taking their place, Eleanor Popa’s job harvesting strawberries has gone from tough to tough and lonely. Will the farm survive another year?
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