Roberts said in a speech to industry leaders ahead of the Royal Welsh Show: “Tariffs at any level would be a tourniquet on trade – and the unthinkable, a no-deal Brexit, would be catastrophic for our stakeholders. To be blunt, in that scenario there would be no European exports.”
Brexit is set to be top of the agenda at the show, described as “the most important” Royal Welsh Show in years by Welsh Rural Affairs Secretary, Lesley Griffiths, with Environment Secretary Michael Gove set to attend.
Current government plans for a “free-trade area” for agriculture have been questioned by the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, leading to resignations at Westminster. Griffiths plans to meet with Gove to find out how much funding for agricultural support would be given to Wales post-Brexit.
Leaders of Wales’ major farming bodies campaigned for remain in the referendum, with Welsh farmers currently receiving around £300m per year in subsidiaries from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.
Despite warnings Griffiths said that Brexit was an opportunity to “forge a new consensus on the role of farmers in Wales”.