McIntosh to lead Westminister debate

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Filey MP Anne McIntosh will today lead a debate in Westminister over EU proposals which she claims will “hurt” farmers.

Miss McIntosh will lead a Westminster Hall debate at 1.30pm on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee report which examines the Greening the Common Agricultural Policy, and the Government response to it.

Miss McIntosh said: “EU plans to impose new environmental regulations on farmers across Europe will reduce food production and are likely to harm the environment.

“As they currently stand, the Commission’s proposals to green the CAP would hurt UK farmers, consumers and our countryside. They will reduce food security by taking land out of production and are likely to impact badly on our environment.

“It is a nonsense to think that farmers from Finland to Sicily should be tied to the same narrow prescriptive rules. One-size-fits all regulation cannot work across the range of environments found in Europe.