Now that Article 50 has been triggered the process of negotiating our exit from Europe and our future relationship with it begins, but even this is not to be a smooth process as it is clear that the EU wants to deal with the exit issues before discussing the future, whereas our own Prime Minister, Theresa May, would like to negotiate both the exit terms and future relationship at the same time.
However, whatever order it is taken in, the most important factor for our Agricultural Sector is that they negotiate a future relationship which allows them to continue to thrive. A recent study on the Contributions of UK Agriculture highlighted a number of key points which clearly underline the importance of the sector, and its contribution to the nation as a whole. Some of the most interesting findings are as follows:
These facts certainly help to underline what a vital role agriculture has in our economy and society, the full report can be read at http://www.nfuonline.com/assets/93419. Let’s hope these figures prompt the politicians to remember what a significant contribution agriculture has to our nation when they are negotiating our future trading relationship with Europe, which will be critical to our farmers.
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