Norfolk farmers urged to take part in Brexit discussions

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Farmers in Norfolk are being urged to have their say on the future of the industry following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

Three meetings will take place in the county next month, as part of a series of discussions led by the National Farmers Union (NFU) following the referendum.

The union is currently preparing a report looking at options in a number of areas, including trade, access to labour, financial support and regulation, following the Brexit vote.

And NFU members are being invited to attend breakfast meetings at the Hunny Bell, Holt on Tuesday, August 2, Easton College, Norwich on Wednesday, August 3, or the King’s Arms, Swaffham, on Thursday, August 4.

Attendees are asked to arrive from 7am for a 7.30am start.

NFU regional director Robert Sheasby said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for farmers to be part of deciding the future of British farming. We need as many members as possible to be involved.

“This consultation is taking place during the busiest period in the farming calendar but it’s vital that farmers across East Anglia take this chance to have their say.

“We’ve organised a series of breakfast meetings so farmers can be back on the farm and, weather permitting, back on the combine by mid-morning.”

Comments received at the sessions will be given to officials compiling a final report, which is due to be put to the NFU’s ruling council in October.

A series of five regional meetings will take place in September, ahead of final completion of the report.

NFU president Meurig Raymond said: “We will consult our members, in every sector, in every county, to ensure that they have a say in shaping the future of farming for them, their children and their grandchildren.

“The contribution of this country’s farming and food industry to the economy, and to food security, should be taken extremely seriously by the UK government.

“We need a policy that ensures a profitable, productive and sustainable future for British farming. The NFU’s influence, with the backing of its membership, is paramount in this.”

Any NFU member wishing to attend one of the meetings must book a place in advance by phoning 01638 672100 or by emailing meetingsea@nfu.org.uk