UKIP Mid Ulster Assembly candidate Alan Day welcomes UK Farm Ministers `Brexit` plans
Alan Day said:
“UK Farm Minister George Eustice has outlined plans for farmers should we vote to leave the undemocratic European Union. I welcome his commitment that “The UK government will continue to support farming and the environment financially. Perhaps now our Sinn Fein Agriculture Minister will refrain from scaremongering.
Alan continued “Under such circumstances I have no doubt that we would strike a free trade deal. Last year the UK exported £7.5bn worth of food to the EU but we imported food worth £18bn. We have an annual trade deficit with the EU in food alone of £10bn so they need a free-trade deal.”
“The EU budget is under strain and CAP funding will be targeted in the coming years. EU regulations have decimated our fishing industries. Farmers are marching in London due to the plight of the industry and figures from the Scottish government show that farm incomes in Scotland have halved between 2010-2014. Far better that our own democratically elected government is in control whereby a UK Farm Payment would replace the EU one. Maintaining existing funding levels would only use a fraction the £19bn we send to the EU annually.