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Saturday 21 July 2018

Brexit could split British farmers, as sheep farmers face 38% income fall


Photo: PA
Photo: PA

Brexit may split Britain's farmers down the middle, a new study has claimed.

While the UK government's favoured option of a free-trade agreement with the EU would limit the effect on British agriculture, a no-deal Brexit could see sheep farmers' income fall by 38pc, says the study from the report from the Belfast-based Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

Beef, pork, poultry and dairy producers could benefit from increased tariffs on imports from the EU should Britain leave the bloc without a trade deal.

With Britain a net exporter of lamb to Europe, the imposition of tariffs under WTO rules would reduce UK lamb prices by around 30pc, predicts the report.

Prices for dairy products may rise by the same amount, with beef prices potentially increasing 17pc and poultry by 15pc.

It comes as the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said his Department is focusing on the best deal for farmers and trying to avoid a 'cliff edge' scenario.

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