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Boris Johnson’s government is working on a £500 million plan to support farmers by purchasing slaughtered lambs and other livestock in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to reports.

It comes after a farmers’ union in Wales warned the prime minister that leaving the European Union without a deal would cause “civil unrest” in rural areas. Many British farmers are heavily reliant on trade with the EU and would face very expensive tariffs in a no-deal scenario, meaning many could go out of business.

 

For example, farmers would face a 40% tariff on lamb exports to the EU in a no-deal scenario. Johnson said in Wales that British farmers would be better off if the UK left the EU in October, which he has called a “do or die” policy. He said the government was working on “interventions” that are aimed to support farmers’ incomes and added: “We’ll make sure they have the support they need.”

Michael Gove, who is in charge of the civil service’s no-deal planning, is understood to be finalizing the plan, which would cost an estimated £500 million a year. It would see the government buy any lamb and beef, and some crops, at a set price. The payments would go some way to replacing the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, which subsidizes farmers.

Source: Business Insider

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