Cowbit young farmer on EU decision

William Tyrrell.
William Tyrrell.
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In or out? Delivery drivers, colleagues in the industry and people on the street, they all have an opinion on the upcoming EU referendum. It’s the big question, writes William Tyrrell.

Father and I have talked a lot about it. He can remember the last referendum on the same subject and all the debates back then.

Being in the office attempting to complete the 2016 Basic Payment Form, with all the associated red tape and tedious bureaucracy with it, got me thinking: ‘Would coming out cut down on red tape and simplify things?’ But driving into the yard in a German manufactured car, passing a French manufactured tractor, before walking through a crop of sunflowers grown from seed developed in Holland also has an effect on the decision. Can we really manage without it? At the present moment in time I haven’t got a clue which way is best; more concrete information from the ‘Brexit’ group would be good to have, How can you make a big decision which will potentially impact on our business for many years based on assumptions and dreams?

On the farm we are just about planted up and now it’s the task of getting everything through to harvest. The mild winter and cold spring hasn’t been ideal and a -7°C morning on the sugar beet hasn’t helped. Luckily it seems to have survived it. With the weather finally warming up, it seems spring has finally arrived. By the time of my next article we shall all know if it’s ‘in or out’; there’s certainly some interesting times ahead.