IN FULL: Andrea Leadsom speech to NFU conference 2017

Defra secretary Andrea Leadsom says food and farming faces some of the biggest changes of any sector as the UK leaves the EU.

But change comes great opportunities for what also is by far the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, she tells the NFU’s annual conference in Birmingham.

In a keynote speech to delegates Mrs Leadsom says she appreciates that farmers are looking for clarity on specific issues – such as the future of direct payments, the prospects for seasonal agricultural workers, and access to the single market.

But she admits an absence of any “final answers today” as she outlines five principles for a more prosperous farming industry.

(Source: Defra)

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