Farming leader warns that pulling out of the EU could cause Welsh farming to collapse
Speaking at a Farmhouse Breakfast event at the House of Lords, farm leaders have warned that the rural communities in Wales would collapse overnight if the UK was to pull out of the EU.
Emyr Jones, the president of the Farmers’ Union of Wales, said that if the UK was to pull out from the EU, every sheep farmer would have to make an extra £40 per lamb just to cover the difference. He also stated that around half-a-billion pounds would be sucked from the economy.
Speaking at the breakfast he said that an “in-out” referendum was a huge concern to farmers in Wales.
He said: “The EU injects around half a billion a year into Wales’ rural communities through the CAP. Without that money our rural communities would collapse.
“The UK government has made it clear it will not provide that half a billion if we exit the EU. But it has not explained how our economy will make up for the loss of that money.
“To cover the loss, a Welsh hill farmer would have to charge an extra £40 for his lambs or make a saving of £40-a-lamb.”
Mr Jones also referred to the threat to Anglesey’s Welsh Country Foods abattoir saying that if it closed it would have a devastating impact on jobs and on farmers in North Wales.
But he warned: “Our exit from the EU would multiply the dire situation on Anglesey a billion-fold across the UK.”