Sutton St Edmund farmer post Brexit

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Having been away for most of the period since the Brexit vote I suppose most of the articles since have covered how it will affect agriculture, writes Tony Gent.

I was in Canada at the time and the view of people I spoke to there was that this country had made a big mistake and its future looked very bleak going it alone. Funny how looking at things from outside they seem to be clearer sometimes – a bit like the popular opinion of Donald Trump in the UK I suppose.

I find it amazing here I have hardly spoken to anybody who voted to leave and the one or two that I have are not sure now why they did or they now realise that the reasons they did are very unlikely to happen and also complained they hadn’t been told about the down side.

Its ironic though that most of our farm commodity prices have risen since due to the currency becoming weaker, which is a much needed boost, particularly from such a low base.

I think for the future all business does not like uncertainty; investment and planning are problematic enough without having the type of relationship we will have with our competitors in question. Also how various regulation will pan out and the way this is likely to unfold: will we continue to suffer the controls to satisfy the market with the support very much declining?

It all seems like democracy gone mad when most people’s actual view was, it seems to me, that if there was a place to put a cross on the ballot paper that said ‘We don’t care about Brexit but the UK government and the EU need a good kick up the backside and to sort itself out’ I think most people would have voted for that.