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Councillor slams Government for lack of Brexit impact assessment on family farms.

March 15, 2019 3:30 PM
Originally published by Shropshire Liberal Democrats

A Clee Hill farmer has slammed the Government for letting Shropshire farmers down after it emerged that it has not conducted any analysis of the impact of Brexit on sheep farming in the UK.

Shropshire Councillor and farmer Richard Huffer said:


"When the Government thinks of farmers they think of the big land owners and huge farms. This inaction shows that they have no interest in or concern for the family farms whose businesses are the backbone of so many rural areas like Shropshire.

"To run their business, farmers need certainty. They need to know what funding is available, what standards must be met and what tariffs need to be paid.

"It is therefore appalling that Conservative Ministers have failed to conduct an impact assessment on the impact of Brexit on sheep farming. These Ministers are woefully irresponsible. Farmers deserve better.

Cllr Huffer runs a family sheep and cattle farm on the side of Clee Hill near Bitterley.

Councillor Heather Kidd, Chirbury and Worthen, added :"This has a major impact in areas like ours. It's not just the farmers that suffer a whole host of business reliant on the farming industry like garages, agricultural contractors, abattoirs (especially those exporting to the EU as in Craven Arms) and food producers are impacted. In Shropshire it is estimated that for every job in farming there are three in dependent businesses.