Defra minister under pressure to ‘back British farmers’

Defra minister George Eustice is facing calls to back British agriculture after saying farmers should move away from the notion of subsidies.

Mr Eustice is due to deliver a speech at the Northern Farming Conference, which is addressing the risks and opportunities post by Brexit, on Wednesday (9 November).

“Farmers are desperate for certainty, and the government should be upfront with them about the future.”

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron

Last month, Mr Eustice said leaving the EU was an opportunity for a “totally different way of supporting farming” and urged farmers to “move away from the notion of subsidies”.

Now Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has challenged Mr Eustice to “back Britain’s farmers” by committing to the EU single market and ruling out a post-Brexit cut in support payments.

(Source: Farmers Weekly)

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