NFU president calls for farming deregulation in no-deal scenario

It will be “impossible” to raise environmental farming standards in the face of a no-deal Brexit, according to the chair of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

In a tweet yesterday, Minette Batters said that in a no-deal scenario, which the government says is now a very real prospect, ministers would need to stick to their “pre referendum promise of deregulating farming to allow survival”.

But Batter’s comments generated a backlash from green groups.

Guy Shrubsole, campaigner and investigator at Friends of the Earth, said Batter’s words were “extremely worrying”. 

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