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Raymond calls for collaborative approach to Brexit

14th Jun 2017 / By Alistair Driver

NFU president Meurig Raymond has called on the Government to adopt a collaborative approach to Brexit, after its electoral setback. 

Much of the talk at Cereals 2017, in Lincolnshire, on Wednesday, was about whether the uncertain outcome of the general election would force the Government to adopt a more consensual approach across the political spectrum and with industry. The feeeling was this might culminate in a softer Brexit, with, for example, the UK retaining some sort of access to the EU Customs Union, reducing the cost of trade. 

Opening the event, Mr Raymond said:  “The time has now come to end this uncertainty. With negotiations due to begin next week, it is time the UK government took a collaborative and consensual approach to Brexit.

"In fact, it’s the only way forward. What we now need is for the government to work with a wide constituency of interested parties to get the best outcome for the UK, and one that best represents the views and interests of the country at large."

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