JOHN Redwood has accused Michael Gove of using “Project Fear nonsense” over post-Brexit farming.
The former Conservative Party leader took aim at the Environment Secretary after he addressed the Oxford Farming Conference on Thursday. Mr Gove warned farmers they face “considerable turbulence” if the UK leaves the EU with a no deal and claimed Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement would protect the industry. But Mr Redwood rejected the claims and insisted the agreement would stop Britain leaving the EU for at least another two years.
Writing in this online diary, Mr Redwood said: “Brexit is huge opportunity to cut food miles, grow more of our own food.
"To rescue our fishing grounds and land more of our own fish, and to build bigger food processing industries close to good agricultural supply.
“That requires the Secretary of State to stop trying to delay Brexit and stop trying to scare us.
"To get on with making some decisions and putting through legislation that will be good for UK farming and fishing.”
In his Oxford speech, Mr Gove, a leading Leave campaigner in the run-up to the 2016 Referendum, told farmers Mrs May’s deal would guard against no-deal “considerable turbulence”.
It was a “grim and inescapable fact” farmers would face tariffs on exports as well as new border checks, Mr Gove claimed.
He said: ”No-one can be blithe or blase about the real impact on food producers in this country of leaving without a deal.”
Bur Mr Redwood demanded to see the publication of a UK tariff schedule for March 30, 2019 - the day after Britain leaves the EU - to trade under WTO rules.
Brexit is huge opportunity to cut food miles, grow more of our own food, to rescue our fishing grounds and land more of our own fish, and to build bigger food processing industries close to good agricultural supply.