Farmers hit back at Gove over free trade ‘promise’

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)

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