No-deal Brexit would hit Britain’s farmers, food firms hard – Gove

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove leaves his office in London, Britain, November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

OXFORD, England (Reuters) – Britain’s farmers face rising costs if the country leaves the EU without a deal as export tariffs kick in and border inspections slow traffic through ports, Farming and Environment Minister Michael Gove said on Thursday.

Gove, who was in the ‘leavers’ camp in the 2016 referendum campaign on European Union membership, said Brexit could bring real gains. But they “risk being undermined if we leave the EU without a deal,” he told the annual Oxford Farming Conference.

Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, and the departure agreement that Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with Brussels hangs in the balance ahead of a parliamentary vote this month.

“The turbulence which would be generated by our departure without a deal would be considerable. Particularly for o


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