Agricultural society holds discussion night on Brexit

Wyn Grant, Professor of Politics at the University of Warwick.
Wyn Grant, Professor of Politics at the University of Warwick.

Ahead of the EU referendum, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s commitment to sparking discussion around the possible effects on agriculture will come under the spotlight next month.

The complex questions and potential outcomes of both leaving and remaining within the EU will be examined as the country draws closer to the referendum date.

A panel of experts, including academics and representatives from the farming industry, will explore the issues and then a question and answer session will follow the free event at Tennants Garden Rooms in Leyburn on Thursday 10 March.

Nigel Pulling, chief executive, said: “The referendum is at the top of the Government’s agenda but the lack of information about the issues means most people are struggling to make an informed decision. Our aim is not to try to influence how people vote, but to inform debate and stimulate discussion.”

A report commissioned by the Society entitled “Brexit and Agriculture” will underpin the evening.

It was produced by the Farmer-Scientist Network led by Wyn Grant, Professor of Politics at the University of Warwick who has more than 40 years’ experience advising on agricultural matters at national and international levels.

The event will be chaired by Richard Wells, a former North of England correspondent for BBC radio and television news.

The speakers are Professor Grant, Michael Cardwell, Professor of Law at the University of Leeds, Bill Cowling who farms at Harrogate and until last year was the Honorary Show Director of the Great Yorkshire Show and Malcolm Fewster a Nuffield scholar and dairy farmer from Gomersal, West Yorkshire.

The evening is free, with a hot and cold buffet available at £7.50 per head. For details or to reserve a place contact events@tennantsgardenrooms.com or call 01969 621146.