UK farmers urged to get involved in EU referendum debate

The question of the UK’s future ‘in or out’ of the EU is billed as one of the “hot topics” at this week’s annual National Farmers’ Union conference in Birmingham.

The event, which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, will feature a keynote political address tomorrow by UK Secretary of State, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss, followed by feature sessions on both global and domestic market issues.

The EU Referendum issue will then be the main focus on Wednesday with delegates hearing from former MEP for Scotland and member of the Britain Stronger In Europe group, George Lyon; and Conservative MEP for South East England and Secretary-General of the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, Daniel Hannan.

Farmers in Scotland, meanwhile, have been alerted to the fact that referendum day, June 23, clashes with the first day of the Royal Highland Show.

NFU Scotland has already urged its members to consider arranging a postal vote before heading to the show.

The union has also made it clear that, for farm businesses, it believes the overall benefits of staying in the EU currently outweigh any advantages businesses would gain from leaving the EU.

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