Opinion: Time to "see some action" for great British produce

Christmas is here and it’s not just the year that draws to a close, but three years of anguish and torture, the election is done and dusted and like it or not it was conclusive so it’s time to move on.

This is not to say all the problems are over and war is done. To quote Churchill “It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Time to see some action to back up the promises, those preferential trade deals need to come thick and fast if we are to compete on that fabled level playing field.

As we grind our way through the most difficult autumn and winter in memory the mind tends to focus on the long-term implications of both the current weather and the “politics” we are likely to encounter once we begin to exit the EU.

The implications of the weather will cause serious hardship to farming businesses as we maul our path towards an uncertain harvest, or any harvest at all if the water continues at this rate.

There are also difficult times ahead for companies who rely on our trade. Likewise, promises of continuing support for UK farmers as we transition from EU subsidy to whatever the whims of UK governments and their voters may wish to saddle us with, I say saddle, as subsidies always come with jumps and hoops to justify the wage.

Throughout our journey in the EU, food supply has been plentiful and ever cheaper, well fed people are generally happy and less likely to fight each other, this has been a direct result of farm subsidy.

As we all sit down to feast with our families this Christmas, we should all raise a glass to migrant EU labour that toiled knee deep in mud to get it to our table.

Ian Stancer is the chairman of governors for Gedney Hill Primary School and a columnist for Spalding Today

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