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No-deal Brexit: the uncertainty for our farming families

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At the moment, Brexit is always in the news headlines and, whether you are tired of hearing about it or not, its various permutations are inescapable. In the Agriculture and Estates team at Birkett Long, we appreciate that our farming clients may be the most heavily affected by this.

Following the referendum of June 2016, there was much concern and speculation about its possible effects. As the country’s farmers have recently been explaining, it is no longer a matter of speculating the effects of Brexit – the effects are being felt now and there is a fear that the worst is yet to come.

The vice-president of the National Farmers’ Union reported on the results of their annual confidence survey of British farmers – it was at the lowest level since the survey began. This will come as no surprise when we read reports that our farmers have significant accumulations of their products, be they livestock or arable, with little prospect of being able to sell them. They would normally be sold to buyers in the EU and our farmers attribute the drop in sales to cost uncertainty over exports, such uncertainty derived from the threat of a no-deal Brexit.

As I write to you, leaving day is 12 April 2019 but we are seeking an extension until 30 June 2019. One can only hope that the lack of certainty is resolved soon, at the very least.

In the Agriculture and Estates team, we offer a wide range of services to farming clients. We understand that it is more than simply a business, but often a family way of life passing from generation to generation. If you would like to discuss any concerns or aspirations you may have for your farming business or farming family, then please contact us. I am based in our Colchester office and can be contacted on 01206 217618 or