Emerging themes cropping up in farmers’ Brexit consultation

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) director general Terry Jones has highlighted some of the key concerns of members as Great Britain prepares for Brexit.

Speaking at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) conference, Jones said there were some “emerging themes” coming out of the NFU’s recent consultation.

Labelling the consultation “the biggest of a generation”, it invited responses from 55,000 stakeholders and has already received 2,500 responses back as well as views given at meeting on the subject.

He said: “Without fail, in every meeting, it’s said that we need a bold and ambitious vision for farming.

“Members are expecting the NFU to lead and influence the debate, and recruit others to the cause. We’ll be having a very intense discussion with stakeholders over the next week, ahead of an Extraordinary Policy Board meeting.”

He added that members were calling for a bespoke scheme when it came to trade rather than adopting an existing scheme and forcing it to fit.

“We’ve looked at the current options such as visa-restricted access or Commonwealth scheme. We’ve ruled nothing out nor added anything in, but increasingly farmers are saying this could be an opportunity to create a bespoke scheme targeted for the UK. None of the options are a perfect fit and that’s fine – we can take the best bits and drop them in.”

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