Paul Brannen (Echo, June 10) states that anyone who cares about farmers and the countryside should vote to stay in the EU. He goes on to quote two organisations which have received millions of pounds in ‘EU funding’ and says that they want to stay in. Well they would say that; they’ve effectively been paid to! Just remember that ‘EU funding’ has come from our taxes in the first place.
Of course, those who care about animal welfare should vote to Leave the European Union; whilst we’re in the EU we’re powerless to ban the live export of animals.
As for farming, his points are significantly at variance with my experience: most farmers I’ve met during the campaign are desperate to leave the EU. Indeed, although Paul Brannen cites Farmers Weekly, the Farmers Weekly poll found that 59% of farmers would vote to leave! Like in many other areas, there’s scaremongering in farming. If we left the EU, of course we’d continue to subsidise farming (as we did before we joined). But we could do that far more efficiently by ourselves, cutting out the middleman and ridding ourselves of some of the more ridiculous rules and regulations which the EU currently applies to our farmers.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East