MP shows her support for farmers before Brexit
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan showed her support for British farming at Back British Farming Day in Westminster.
The National Farmers’ Union provided MPs with a Back British Farming wheat-pin badge to publicly display their support for the sector during Brexit negotiations and beyond leaving the EU.
Farming is the bedrock of the UK’s largest manufacturing sector – food and drink – which contributes over £110billion to the economy and employs 3.8million people.
Anne-Marie, recognising the crucial role farmers play, said: “Our farmers play a unique role in securing a plentiful supply of fabulous British food, looking after our iconic countryside and sustaining a dynamic rural economy, particularly in Northumberland.
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“The decisions made in Parliament over the coming months are critical to the future of British food production. As one of the sectors that will be most affected by Britain’s departure from the EU, it is important that we as politicians create the right regulatory environment to ensure our farmers can continue to provide safe and affordable food for the nation.
“The new Agriculture Bill will map out the future of farming post-Brexit and how our farmers will be given the freedom to diversify. Any farmers with concerns, or who want to know more should get in touch with me.”
DEFRA Secretary Michael Gove wrote to all MPs on Back British Farming Day to lay out some of the new proposals for farming, which include rewarding farmers for how and what they produce rather than simply the amount of land they have.