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NFU holds ‘robust’ Brexit talks with Defra secretary Andrea Leadsom

NFU president Meurig Raymond is said to have had “constructive and robust” Brexit talks with Defra secretary Andrea Leadsom.

“British food cannot withstand a market flooded with imports produced to lower standards – there was universal understanding of this in the meeting.”

NFU president Meurig Raymond

The union said the talks majored on the importance of unfettered access to the EU market free of tariffs and non-tariff barriers for agricultural commodities.

During the meeting, Mr Raymond said the government must give equal priority to food and farming during Brexit negotiations as it did to other economic sectors.

He said: “High standards of UK farm production must not be sacrificed in a free trade deal.”

Source: NFU Online

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