No Deal: The Door to the Decimation of UK Farming

In this document, Dr. Séan Rickard, ex-Chief Economist for the National Farmers Union, summarises the threat to UK agriculture if the government pushes ahead with a No Deal Brexit at the end of December. This will mean tariffs (taxes) added to the price of exported British meat, and non-tariff barriers would be put in place, such as export health certificates from a vet, customs declarations and other paperwork not now needed for export to the EU. This would happen at the same time as the government’s plan to lower tariffs on agricultural imports from countries such as the US, Australia/NZ and Brazil.