FUW to host Brexit seminar at Royal Welsh Show

The Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) is hosting Brexit seminar at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.

The event titled ‘Brexit: What does the future hold for agriculture?’ will get underway at 2:00pm on Monday, July 23, in the FUW’s pavilion.

The event should be a thought-stimulating seminar as keynote speakers FUW head of policy Dr. Nick Fenwick and Dr. Jo Hunt, Reader in Law at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics will be exploring different aspects of Brexit and the future of our industry, including aspects of regionalism and devolution in the context of the European Union.

Speaking ahead of the seminar, FUW head of policy Dr. Nick Fenwick, said: “Brexit will remove both the bonds and the protection of the Common Agricultural Policy.

It opens a Pandora’s Box for our industry and places agriculture at the forefront of debates over international trade, funding and devolution.

“Against a background of uncertainty and political turmoil, we must try and see a way forward which secures the long-term future of our family farms.”

Speakers will also take a look at the UK Government’s post-Brexit policy approach, how it compares to the devolved nations and why some English farmers are starting to feel they have been forgotten by Ministers.

Chairing the seminar will be Sara Jones, whose background is deeply rooted within the farming community. Her father is an arable farmer in Monmouthshire and her partner and his family run a busy sheep and beef farm in Usk.

Sara is closely connected with Gwent YFC and encourages and supports their activity throughout the county, understanding the hugely important role they play with grassroots farming and young people. She also supports her brother in law in his role as an auctioneer and rural surveyor, as a regular clerk at machinery and livestock sales.

As head of the Welsh Retail Consortium she works closely with key partners and stakeholders across all retail issues, but with a strong focus on their grocery members and the supply chain.

She said: “This event will no doubt provide much insight, discussion and debate as we hear from a strong panel of speakers all of whom will bring a unique perspective to the Brexit debate, and what the current landscape means for our Welsh farming industry.”