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Top Government Advisor Calls Farming And Fishing Industries "Not Important"

by | March 4, 2020

Economic advisor Dr Tim Leunig has claimed that the UK does not need its farming or fishing industries.

Leaked emails from Leunig revealed that the UK could become like Singapore — “rich without having its own agricultural sector.”

“Not Critically Important”

Leunig also said that he believes the farming industry to be “not critically important” to the UK economy. The advisor added that the fishing industry “certainly isn’t.”

In response to the leaked emails, the government has stated, “the comments are not in line with Government policy.”

The industries of farming and fishing each represent less than one percent of the UK economy.

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The National Farmers Union disagree with Leunig’s claims (symbiot/Shutterstock.com)

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The National Farmers Union (NFU) has hit back at the leaked comments — saying they are “completely out of touch.”

“There is a moral imperative for us to be able to produce food here in this country,” said Minette Batters, president of the NFU.

“Farms are the backbone of rural Britain. Surely the last thing we want to go to is importing cheaper raw ingredients produced to lower standards.”

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