So: Devon farmers lose their tariff-free access to Europe on October 31st, and gain a ‘glorious future’ in US markets … when? Does @neil_parish really believe in this fantasy?

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In Parliament on 3rd October:

Photo of Neil Parish Neil Parish Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

I very much welcome the Prime Minister’s statement. May I also welcome his enthusiasm, because for two and a half years there has been so much negativity in this House that we just cannot get this deal through? For goodness’ sake, let us get the deal done. Does he believe it will then lead on to a good trade deal, so that farming, agriculture and business will not have to pay tariffs to the European Union and we can export across the whole of the world?

Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

Of course. I can tell my hon. Friend that Somerset lamb, cattle and beef—[Interruption.] I should say Devon, as he represents Tiverton. [Interruption.] He does farm in Somerset, so I should say that Somerset and Devon’s beef and lamb will have the opportunity to find export markets that they are prevented from finding by our current arrangements, such as those in the United States and indeed elsewhere. We have a glorious future ahead of us if we just take the first few steps.

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