EU rules ‘problem for UK farmers’

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Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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European Union rules on what British farmers must grow are a “problem”, according to the Environment Secretary.

Liz Truss said she saw the damaging impact of the Common Agricultural Policy on the UK farming industry “all the time”.

And she said she was concerned about the impending three crop rule, which means farmers will have to grow three different types of crops as part of a diversification policy.

She told the Sunday Telegraph: “There are benefits to being in a single market, but there are serious costs. The three crop rule means that Brussels bureaucrats are going to be deciding what our farmers produce, rather than what consumers want, which is a problem.”

She said how she would vote in an in-out referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, which has been promised by David Cameron should the Conservatives win the general election, would depend on “the offer on the table”.

“The best position for us is to get a good deal from the EU so we can stay part of a single market, but we can get rid of some of these regulations that hold back not just our own competitiveness, but also the competitiveness of the whole of the EU,” she said.

Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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