UK and EU farmers united in call for free trade agreement

Farming organisations from across the EU have joined the UK's NFU in its call for an urgent breakthrough in trade talks in order to establish a UK/EU free trade agreement.
calendar icon 17 June 2020
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“Farmers in the EU and UK rely on trade to support their businesses. The EU takes more than 70 percent of the UK’s agri-food exports, and it is essential this relationship is maintained through a zero tariff, zero quota agreement.

“This event has shown that we, as colleagues and competitors across the UK and EU, are united in our call for free trade. We all stand to benefit from a close trading relationship and from a thriving and competitive marketplace, and we all stand to lose if our relationship reverts to trading on hugely unsatisfactory WTO terms and barriers are erected across borders.

“It is crucially important that we get this right for farmers, and for the public who want to buy safe, traceable and affordable food. British farmers want to see a trade deal with the EU that sets a precedent for how we intend to trade on the global stage – especially when it comes to ensuring high standards of animal welfare, environmental delivery and food safety on food imports.

“The UK government needs to show it is serious about encouraging a progressive and profitable food and farming sector, and that means pulling out all the stops to reach a good deal with our largest and closest trading partner.”

“Farmers in the EU and UK rely on trade to support their businesses. The EU takes more than 70 percent of the UK’s agri-food exports, and it is essential this relationship is maintained through a zero tariff, zero quota agreement.

“This event has shown that we, as colleagues and competitors across the UK and EU, are united in our call for free trade. We all stand to benefit from a close trading relationship and from a thriving and competitive marketplace, and we all stand to lose if our relationship reverts to trading on hugely unsatisfactory WTO terms and barriers are erected across borders.

“It is crucially important that we get this right for farmers, and for the public who want to buy safe, traceable and affordable food. British farmers want to see a trade deal with the EU that sets a precedent for how we intend to trade on the global stage – especially when it comes to ensuring high standards of animal welfare, environmental delivery and food safety on food imports.

“The UK government needs to show it is serious about encouraging a progressive and profitable food and farming sector, and that means pulling out all the stops to reach a good deal with our largest and closest trading partner.”

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