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Farmer and Wholesaler Silenced on Live TV for Criticising Brexit's Impact on Agriculture

A farmer and wholesaler invited on GB News to mark the fourth anniversary of Brexit, was disconnected during a live interview after he argued that Brexit had been catastrophic for British agriculture.

David Catt, from Boughton Monchelsea near Maidstone, was in conversation with the show's host and MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg, a prominent supporter of Brexit.

Throughout a tense four-minute exchange, Rees-Mogg attempted to persuade Catt to acknowledge the benefits of Brexit for farming, but Catt remained firm in his stance.

Catt expressed that agriculture in the UK is currently facing severe challenges, with the situation in Kent being particularly dire as fruit farmers are removing their orchards at unprecedented rates due to the lack of seasonal labour from the EU.

Catt said: “We are in a situation in this country at the moment where agriculture and farming are falling off a cliff.”

He stated, "Brexit hasn’t benefitted British agriculture in any way. It’s destroyed our ability to export to the EU because of red tape."

Despite Rees-Mogg's assertions that nothing prevented him from selling to the EU, Catt highlighted that the extensive paperwork made it financially unviable.

After failing to sway Catt, Rees-Mogg ended the interview. Catt, who had previously clashed with Arlene Foster, the former first minister of Northern Ireland, on GB News, described himself as a staunch Remainer.

He criticised the promise of reduced bureaucracy post-Brexit, noting that businesses now face more red tape than ever. Despite these challenges, Catt takes pride in the growth of his family business since its inception, including the period following Brexit.

Catt's business, which began over 50 years ago, has adapted to the changing landscape by diversifying its products and embracing wholesale opportunities.

The farm now sells a variety of crops and has expanded to include a vineyard, which requires less seasonal labour.

Catt views Brexit as "insanity" and identifies global warming as a significant threat to food supply, advocating for global cooperation to prevent shortages.

He predicted there would be winter shortages of tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, peppers and cucumbers, once the new border checks come in.

Mr Catt started farming more than 50 years ago, when he and his brother Michael joined the business started by their father, also called David Catt.


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