Defra secretary Michael Gove has been savaged for comments promising farmers they will benefit from a free trade deal with the EU after Brexit.
Speaking at the Royal Welsh Show on Monday (24 July), Mr Gove said it was “a fact” the UK would agree a “comprehensive free-trade deal” with the EU after Brexit.
When a reporter challenged Mr Gove on how he could make such an assertion, he replied: “Because it’s in the interest of all parties.”
But farmers and commentators have since questioned how he can make such a statement before the UK has even started negotiating with the EU on a post-Brexit trade deal.
(Source: Farmers Weekly)