Farmers vow 
to fight cuts in UK sugar tariffs


British sugar farmers are calling on the Government to maintain the EU’s import tariffs and quotas in order to protect their businesses after Brexit.

Unilaterally reducing tariffs to zero in a no-deal scenario would put the 3,000 jobs which depend on growing sugar beet in the UK at threat, farmers and economists have warned. Michael Sly, a representative for sugar growers at the National Farmers Union, said that an independent trade policy which would “open the floodgates” to sugar cane produced by way of government subsidy elsewhere risked the industry.


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