NFU Cymru has welcomed an announcement from Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, that it is “overwhelmingly likely’” the industry will have tariff-free trade access to EU markets post-Brexit.
But the union stressed that “greater clarity” is needed around the make-up of trade negotiations before farmers “can truly step forward with confidence” in making decisions that will affect their businesses in the future.
NFU Cymru officeholders and staff met with Michael Gove and the Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, at the Royal Welsh Show yesterday to discuss the major issues affecting the industry in the future. President John Davies said: “We cautiously welcome the comments made from Mr Gove yesterday and his optimism around future trading relationships with the EU.
“However, Welsh farmers will be waiting anxiously for more concrete assurances and clarity on these statements before pushing on with decisions that will influence the future direction of their businesses.”
He added: “We also used the meeting to stress the importance of food production and the leading role that farmers in Wales play in feeding the nation and markets further afield. We were, therefore, pleased to hear Mr Gove state that he agreed with us that farmers and food businesses will be key to future success.”