No-deal Brexit vote shows the Conservatives are treating farmers with contempt

By Louis Urruty, Mar 13, 2019 8:03

Following the vote on a no-deal Brexit in the House of Commons this evening, Kirsty Williams and Jane Dodds have expressed disappointment that Conservatives voted in favour of a no-deal Brexit.

Jane Dodds, the party’s candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire, has said the Conservatives have treated farmers with disregard and contempt.

Ahead of the vote, the UK Government published details of tariffs for a no-deal Brexit. Farming representatives including FUW and the NFU warned of the negative impact these tariffs would have on farming.

Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:

“Today the UK Government published tariff rates in the event of a no-deal Brexit, which farming representatives warned would cause damage and disruption to Welsh farming. On the very same day Conservative MPs voted in favour of a no-deal Brexit. They voted this way while fully aware of the damage it would have done to Welsh farming.”

“Thankfully Parliament as a whole saw sense, although the threat of a no-deal remains and Article 50 must be extended tomorrow – in line with the position myself and the Welsh Assembly endorsed last week.”

Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and candidate for the Brecon and Radnorshire constituency, said:

“The disregard and the contempt shown by the Conservatives towards our farmers should not be forgotten. Quite remarkably this includes the current Brecon and Radnorshire MP, who voted to turn his back on the farmers he should be representing.

“Of course it’s a relief that – despite the efforts of some Conservatives - the UK Parliament as a whole rejected a no-deal Brexit. It’s now time to extend Article 50 ensure our agricultural sector is protected, a sector which brings immense benefits to communities across Brecon and Radnorshire.”

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