Jane Dodds has challenged Conservative MP Fay Jones to oppose a no-deal Brexit by voting against the Prime Minister's move to make an extension to the Transition Period illegal in today's vote on the Withdrawal Agreement.
The Prime Minister's Withdrawl Agreement is being brought back to Parliament for a vote today. However, this version of the agreement will be accompanied by a new clause making it illegal for the Government to request an extension to the transition period. It also drops previous clauses regarding workers rights and climate change legislation.
The transition period is a 12-month window in which the UK’s access to the Single Market and Customs Union will be maintained while trade talks take place.
The EU has repeatedly said that a fully comprehensive trade deal cannot be negotiated and agreed within 12 months. This means if the PM’s new clause passes a no-deal Brexit at the end of 2020 becomes the only possible outcome.
The NFU and others have consistently said leaving the EU without a deal is the worst possible outcome for farmers and rural communities.
Jane Dodds said:
"Rural communities across Brecon and Radnorshire will be devastated should we leave the EU without a deal. With the majority of our lamb and beef exports going to EU markets, Farmers are rightly fearful of the tariffs and additional trade barriers no-deal would bring.
"By trying to make an extension impossible the Prime Minister is attempting to tie Parliament's hands so he can force Brexit through at any cost. He is putting his own party's narrow interests ahead of that of our communities and is ignoring the views of industry leaders.
"Fay Jones used to work for the NFU, and once spoke very passionately about the benefits the EU brought to rural areas like ours. She knows how damaging no deal will be for our farmers and their livelihoods.
"That's why I am challenging her to take a stand for what she knows is right and to do the right thing for our communities by opposing no-deal today."