Vulnerable farmers fear for a no-deal Brexit

New research from the BBC suggests a no-deal Brexit could cost the farming industry £850m a year in lost profits, having a larger effect on the industry than the BSE and foot-and-mouth crises.

Farmers Jo and Lindsay Best from County Antrim said “It could wipe out the sheep industry in Northern Ireland, a large percentage of our sheep are exported into France and the Republic of Ireland, and the price of feed could go up as well. It could decimate both the sheep and cattle industry here”.

The government have reassured farmers and said it will “provide direct support to boost some sectors in the unlikely event this is required”.

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