Concern 250,000 hectares of Welsh farmland would be made ‘unproductive’ by Johnson’s Brexit deal
Boris Johnson has been accused of being willing to sacrifice Welsh farming to deliver Brexit, after data suggested that 250,000 hectares of farmland would be made unproductive by his deal.
250,000 hectares is an area around one-eighth the size of Wales as a whole.
The data published by the Welsh Government show that under Johnson’s deal the production of dairy, beef and lamb across Wales would come under pressure from lower prices in global markets.
Such a Free Trade Agreement-based relationship is what Boris Johnson – backed by a number of Labour MPs – has said he would seek with the EU after Brexit.
The EU is currently the main market for exports of Welsh agricultural products. It is the destination of over 80% of Welsh food and animal exports, including over 90% of meat, dairy, egg and animal feed exports.
Plaid Cymru’s Agriculture Spokesperson, Ben Lake MP, said that Boris Johnson is willing to sacrifice Welsh agriculture to realise his Brexit plans.
“We know Westminster has barely given Wales a second thought in the Brexit process, but this data shows how little respect they have for our rural communities,” Ben Lake, who is standing again in Ceredigion, said.
“If there was ever any doubt, it is now clear that Boris Johnson is willing to sacrifice Welsh farming to deliver his Brexit.
“Farms are the backbone of the Welsh economy and at the heart of our rural communities. We simply cannot let bureaucrats and politicians in Westminster, who have probably never visited a farm, deliver these damaging policies.
“In a few week time, we must elect people from our communities that will speak for our country.”