Royal Cornwall Show

I recently attended the Royal Cornwall Show. During the show, I met with many of our local Cornish companies, whose strong brands and fantastic high quality products mean that they are going from strength to strength. I also caught up with my brother, who was showing the family's rare breed Lop Eared Pigs. One issue dominated discussion: the referendum. I took part in several debates to explain why I believe that Cornish agriculture and the wider food industry in Cornwall will be better off if we vote to leave the EU on 23rd June. The UK government will continue to give farmers and the environment as much support - or perhaps even more- as they get now. The Prime Minister has made this clear and I agree with him. After all, non-EU countries such as Switzerland and Norway actually give more support to their farmers than we do. In the scheme of things, the amount of money spent on our countryside and wildlife is very modest when compared with spending on other departments. But we could spend our money more effectively if we had control. We will also maintain a free trade agreement. Last year, we exported £7.5 billion worth of food to the EU but we imported food worth £18 billion. We have an annual trade deficit with the EU in food alone of £10 billion, meaning that EU member states need a free trade deal as much as or more than we do.