MEP: 'Leaving the EU would threaten farm funding'
Conservative MEP Julie Girling has said this week that leaving
the EU would threaten income to farms across the region.
welcomed the National Farmers Union's backing of the remain campaign
in the EU referendum.
said : "Subsidies from the EU made up 55 per cent of UK farm
income in 2014. Leaving the EU would threaten that level of income
in several different ways."
very fact of leaving would put a huge hole in public finances
and make it very difficult for the UK government to sustain this
level of support."
addition there can be no certainty that a future UK Government
would remain sympathetic and helpful towards the farming industry
in particular and the countryside in general."
EU money supports family businesses and the jobs they generate
in rural communities everywhere. They don't just support farms
and farming, but rural society as a whole."
would throw that whole support network for the countryside into
spoke out after the union, which represents 55,000 farmers across
England and Wales, threw its weight behind the campaign for Britain
to remain in Europe, saying that "the interests of farmers
are best served by our continuing membership."