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East Midlands European Movement is inviting you to a our regular monthly Zoom meeting.
The topic this month will be about Brexit impact on farming: on the one hand fishermen and flower growers are screaming as their businesses collapse, on the other hand farmers are happy as the prices of lamb and commodities are high.
So is Brexit good for farmers and our food production? With the lower pound farmers' incomes are nominally even higher - when they are selling. Come autumn the lower pound will mean higher prices to buy fertilisers, food fodder and seeds.
The biggest threat to us all are the future bilateral deals, when consumers will pay high prices and farmers will be losing their farms.
Brexit, you remember, was supposed to safeguard our environment, standards and deliver low cost, high quality food.
To discuss these issues with us will be Liz Webster, Wiltshire farmer, the founder of Saver British Farming and campaigner and Andrew Brown a Rutland farmer, activist and environmentalist.
Liz Webster grew up in Porthcawl, South Wales, spending her childhood summers calling bingo for miners on holiday in her family’s seaside business.
In 1992, after a career in Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising in London, Liz relocated to the West Country where she now lives with a husband, two dogs and lots of cows on a mixed arable/beef farm near Cricklade.
Liz opposed Brexit foreseeing that the promises made to farmers were false. After Brexit Liz became a very vocal fighter for a ‘farmer’s deal’ which would deliver all the promises the Leavers, now in government, made. Liz launched a successful campaign ‘Save British Farming’ - which is now active across the UK. Their most visible campaign was ‘Tractors in Westminster’ to secure our food standard and protect the consumers from inferior imports.
Realising that the solution to Brexit can only be political Liz became involved in local politics and is now standing for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner in the upcoming elections in Swindon and Wiltshire.
You can find more about Liz and her campaigns at https://savebritishfarming.org/ and https://www.lizwebster.org.uk/get_to_know_liz
NFU Online famously described Andrew as a ‘renaissance man’. He is a past High Sheriff of Rutland, sits on the Leicestershire and Rutland bench as a magistrate, and is an Independent County Councillor. His accolades include a former Chairmanship of NFU East Midlands Regional, degrees in mechanical engineering and law, and memberships of the Institute of Agricultural Management (Fellow), of the Commercial Farmers Group, Chartered Environmentalist and Conservationist … not forgetting to mention his 'rôle‘’ as a stand up comedian (and a trustee of the Leicester Comedy Festival).
Andrew states that ‘It is essential we get the message across to the public that UK farmers produce some of the best agricultural products in the world to the highest standards of welfare and the environment’’.
Andrew sees Brexit as a threat to these high standards and is fighting to reduce the negative impact of Brexit – he took his tractor to Melton Mowbray, to Westminster, he contributed to European Movement ‘Stories of Brexit’ and has already contributed to East Midland post-Brexit debate through his interviews for Bylines.
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