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Welsh Lamb Propaganda

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There has been a great deal about the "terrible" effects of Brexit on the Welsh lamb industry. What is the truth?Only about 30-40% of Welsh sheep meat is exported: The Welsh sheep industry was worth c.£278m to the Welsh economy in 2018. Only about £70m of meat of all types is exported by Wales: So the Welsh sheep meat industry is likely to need less than £35 million a year to entirely subsidise 100% of its exports to the EU.Given that, after a WTO Brexit there will be billions paid by EU food exporters to the UK in tariffs the total subsidy to Welsh farmers would be a tiny amount and easily affordable.  The government should act quickly to reassure Welsh sheep farmers.  Media sources that fail to mention that Welsh sheep meat is a tiny issue in the context of Brexit are simply

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There has been a great deal about the "terrible" effects of Brexit on the Welsh lamb industry. What is the truth?

Only about 30-40% of Welsh sheep meat is exported:

Welsh Lamb Propaganda

The Welsh sheep industry was worth c.£278m to the Welsh economy in 2018. Only about £70m of meat of all types is exported by Wales:

Welsh Lamb Propaganda

So the Welsh sheep meat industry is likely to need less than £35 million a year to entirely subsidise 100% of its exports to the EU.

Given that, after a WTO Brexit there will be billions paid by EU food exporters to the UK in tariffs the total subsidy to Welsh farmers would be a tiny amount and easily affordable.  The government should act quickly to reassure Welsh sheep farmers.  Media sources that fail to mention that Welsh sheep meat is a tiny issue in the context of Brexit are simply biased.  The entire cost of fixing the problem is probably less than the cost of senior BBC executive pay.

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