Free-range chickens in a field© Wayne Hutchinson/FLPA/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

Poultry industry leaders are to converge on Stoneleigh next month to debate the implications of Britain leaving the EU for the sector.

The National Farmers’ Union has set up the meeting which will focus on three key elements – trade and scenarios and options, access to labour and domestic policy and improving competitiveness – and the effects each may have on the poultry sector.

The meeting on 8 September will be chaired by NFU director general Terry Jones and will also include presentations from Brussels-based poultry policy adviser Richard Potts, which will focus on the European perspective.

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Gary Ford, NFU chief poultry adviser, said that given the significant implications of Brexit, the meeting would be open to other poultry stakeholders including the British Egg Industry Council, the British Poultry Council, the British Free Range Egg Producers Association as well as the British Poultry Veterinary Association and retailers.

Its aim is to have a clear set of key asks and agreed lobbying ahead of the forthcoming autumn party conference season.