Tariffs from the Eu would kill off British farming
Meurig Raymond has warned if barriers and fees are placed on products such as grain and meat by the Brussels bloc it could ring the end of the success British farming has enjoyed for decades.
The National Farmers' Union (NFU) president said it would be detrimental to UK farming – and therefore the British population – if an "unfair" trade deal is brokered between the EU and the UK when Brexit is finalised.
The Pembrokeshire potato, dairy, beef and lamb farmer told Express.co.uk: "I like to think things will be great again.
"Lots of this is going to depend on what kind of trade deal we get with the EU.
"There will have to be no tariffs or barriers in place, then I think farming can look forward to better times, but if we end up with an unfair deal it will be extremely bad for British farming."
NFU President Meurig Raymond said he has faith in the Government with Brexit
Britain exports 38 per cent of its top-quality farming produce, from wheat to lamb, to the EU, so farmers are "very much dependent" on European countries for their income.
To put it into perspective, a total of two to three million tonnes of British wheat, barley and oil seed goes to the bloc annually.
Mr Raymond said the NFU, which came out in favour of remaining in the EU despite many farmers voting to leave, is fearful that if no agreement is made by the end of the two years of negotiations the UK will be put on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms which will mean a 55 per cent tax on British produce.
He added: "It would be very detrimental coming out of the single market."
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The NFU president, however, remains confident the Government is on the farmers' side and will push for a good deal without tariffs and barriers.
Mr Raymond and his team have met with Theresa May, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Chancellor Philip Hammond several times since the independence vote last June, and he has regular meetings with George Eustice, the farming minister.
A high percentage of UK produce goes to the EU
David Davis said any tariffs placed on UK farming would be reciprocated in the EU
During a private one-on-one meeting last September with the Brexit secretary, Mr Raymond revealed to Express.co.uk Mr Davis promised to fight fire with fire, if it came to it.
The NFU President, said: "If there are tariffs there will be inflation in the EU, or we'll get less for our products in the UK.
"If we were placed on a WTO cliff edge then it would be terrible.
"However, I have confidence in the Government.
"David Davis told me any tariffs placed on us by the EU would be reciprocated by us towards the EU."
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A spokesman for the Brexit Office said it did not have a record of that promise but confirmed the pair did have a private meeting last September.
The spokesman said: "We are determined to get the best deal possible for our hard-working farmers.
"We want to have the greatest possible tariff- and barrier-free trade with our European neighbours, as well as to negotiate our own trade agreements around the world."