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Brexit triggers largest-ever NFU consultation

28th Jul 2016 / By Digby Scott

An options paper detailing the NFU's vision for British agriculture post-Brexit has been agreed by its national policy board. This means the organisation can now embark on its biggest ever consultation with its 47,000 farmer and grower members.

The paper covers crucial areas such as trade, access to labour, financial support and regulation.

The next step will see regional meetings starting next week followed by full consultation meetings led by NFU officeholders starting August 22.

The meetings will give NFU members an opportunity to discuss the implications of Brexit vote and the options that could form part of a vigorous new agricultural policy.

The NFU will then enter into detailed talks with other organisations later this autumn.

"Our member consultation will be the foundation of our high level vision for domestic agriculture. This helps us engage with the Government and shape a domestic farm policy — one which will lead to a profitable, productive and sustainable future for our industry," said NFU president Meurig Raymond.