The Farmers’ Union of Wales has renewed calls for Article 50 to be revoked to allow the UK to ‘take back control’ and deliver a smooth Brexit that does not threaten millions of livelihoods.
Following meetings with MPs and Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns in London (Tuesday, 3 September), FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “We had very constructive discussions about the contingency planning required to support farmers and farming communities in the event of the UK crashing out of the EU next month.
“But we also stressed that other options, must be considered if we are to safeguard the future of our family farms and the rural economy in Wales.
“Those who are enthusiastic about Brexit should also be realistic about the dangers of getting it wrong, and the need for an orderly withdrawal over a realistic timescale.
“The damage being done by the current strategy to businesses, our economy, our international reputation and our political parties is clear for everyone to see.”
Mr Roberts said that revoking Article 50 - a policy first agreed at an emergency meeting of the Union’s presidential team and committee chairs in mid January - must be considered as it is the only option which would take back control over the process and return us to a situation where a smooth and orderly Brexit was possible.
"Given that we live in such uncertain and perhaps ridiculous times I can only think that our calls to revoke Article 50 were right all along. A hard Brexit at short notice is likely to do untold damage to farmers and farming communities throughout Wales.
“That’s why we need a pause, a plan and a restart when we absolutely ready. It is the best way forward and we urged all in Westminster to do the right thing for Wales and the UK."