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Patsy McGlone 5th January 2018

McGlone: We cannot leave it to the Brexiteers to Protect Farming and Agri-food Interests

SDLP Rural Affairs Spokesperson Patsy McGlone MLA reacted to comments from Tory Minister Michael Gove on his plan for dealing with farming subsidies after Brexit, saying that “we can’t trust the Brexiteers” to protect our interests.

The Mid Ulster MLA said, “We simply cannot trust the Brexiteers that they will protect the interests of the farming community here post Brexit. Why would we as they drag us out of the EU against our will?

“Leaving the EU risks not only vital funding for rural farmers but has the potential to undermine food safety standards.

"We don’t view agriculture and the land here through the lens of the Archers – solely environmental schemes and walkways for urban dwellers.

“The only way to guarantee the rights of farmers and to protect our agri-food sector is to ensure that we get the best deal for our farming community here. That means using our devolved powers to protect our industry by fighting against the worst consequences of the British Government's Brexit plans and for our local rural economy.”

 

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