British agriculture may benefit from leaving the European Union without a free trade agreement, Defra minister George Eustice has said.
Mr Eustice, who was speaking at an AHDB meat exports conference in Warwick, said the agricultural sector would benefit from tariffs imposed under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
“It sounds surprising,” he said.
“The reason for that is the competition from Irish beef, competition from salads from Spain or vegetables from France, goes down and actually gives a firming of farmgate prices in the UK.”
(Source: Farming UK)