Cider, cheese and even PORK SAUSAGES could fall victim to Brexit warns David Cameron
British favourites cider, cheese and even PORK SAUSAGES could be among the victims of Brexit, David Cameron has warned.
The Prime Minister said the protected status granted to regional products would be lost if the UK severed ties with the European Union in the June 23 referendum.
In an article in the Gloucester Citizen, Mr Cameron warned of the potential impact to some of the region’s prized produce.
“Protected status enjoyed across Europe by our unique products, such as Gloucestershire cider, Single Gloucester cheese and traditionally-farmed Gloucester old spot pork, will be lost,” he said.
Mr Cameron warned that farmers could be hit with higher tariffs for their exports if the country voted Leave.
Pork bangers are a British staple
“The farming sector contributes £9.9 billion to the UK economy and employs almost half a million people,” he said.
“In the South West alone, more than 60,000 are employed in agriculture and more than 28,000 in food manufacturing, with the region having received around £371 million in EU Common Agricultural Policy grants in 2014 supporting those jobs.
“Between 2010 and 2014, the total income from farming across the South West increased by 49%, to £666 million, as farmers – along with all British businesses – reaped the benefits of access to the single European market of 500 million people.
“If we leave the EU and our farmers have to operate under World Trade Organisation rules, things would be very different.
“They could be faced with annual tariffs of up to 40% and huge additional costs – for example, £240 million for beef and £90 million for lamb.”