Meat: Wales

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th September 2017.

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Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the Welsh red meat sector of the UK leaving the (a) single market and (b) customs union.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Leaving the EU presents a major opportunity for UK agriculture and we are working towards achieving the best possible deal for the agricultural industry across the UK. We want to secure a deep and comprehensive Free-Trade Agreement as an alternative to membership of the single market, which preserves our access to EU markets for red meat and all agricultural products.

We are conducting rigorous analysis of various trade scenarios on UK food producers and consumers. This ongoing analysis is helping to develop a detailed understanding of how withdrawing from the EU will impact on the UK to best inform Government policy going forward.

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