Farron: Brexit threatens farmers and consumers

Tim Farron was in the west country yesterday.

He went to Yeovil for a spot of EU referendum campaigning:

While he was there, he visited a dairy farm whose owner is keen to remain in the EU.

Tim said:

Brexit is a real threat to our farming industry, and the many families that rely on exports for their livelihoods.

Our free access to 500m customers is invaluable, with 73% of UK agricultural and food exports going to the EU. Leaving would hit jobs and devastate rural communities.

The survival of rural businesses โ€“ and the precious environment they protect โ€“ is a fragile thing, and should not be put at risk by leaving.

And then he went canvassing in Dorset in a local by-election with candidate Matt Hall:

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  • nigel hunter 25th May '16 - 11:59pm

    Our agriculture is better off trading with the EU. Australia has done a deal with China , a huge market. Why would they give the UK a favourable deal when we have a far smaller market. The Brexiter’s are living in the past. The world has rapidly moved on and we risk being left behind

  • And New Zealand exports to the United States and is expanding its exports to Asia.
    Note the Electoral Reform Society efforts to raise the level of debate on these issues.

  • Great campaign, lousy artwork. Has nobody told those responsible that reversing out white from a pale muddy colour does not work very well?

  • He will have his work cut out in South Somerset where the Liberal Democrat candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner came fourth behind the Conservative, Independent and UKIP candidates in a seat we had held for 32 years until 2015, the last time with a 13,000 majority. In other parts of Somerset our party came 6th or 7th out of seven. We had held all but one of the seats until 2015.

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