Phil Hogan and Owen Paterson© David Hartley/Rex/Shutterstock
EU farm commissioner Phil Hogan and former Defra secretary Owen Paterson have clashed over the prospects for British agriculture if the UK leaves the EU. The two politicians debated the implications of the forthcoming in-out referendum during a plenary session at the Oxford Farming Conference. The stay-or-leave vote was “arguably the biggest historic decision since the Reformation,” Mr Paterson told conference delegates on Thursday (7 January). But farmers had nothing to fear if the UK left the EU, he added. […]
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