Boris Johnson promises Welsh farmers they’ll thrive with bumper new post-Brexit trade deals but they threaten riots if there’s No Deal


BORIS Johnson has promised Welsh farmers bumper trade deals around the world after Brexit to sell their products – but they’ve threatened to riot if there’s a No Deal.

The PM will make his first visit to Wales today as part of a whistle-stop tour of the UK and will vow to “always back Britain’s great farmers”.

Boris shearing a sheep earlier this month in Ripon
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He insisted he would “make sure that Brexit works for them” by signing huge trade deals around the world to open up their markets.

Boris said ahead of his trip: “That means scrapping the Common Agricultural Policy and signing new trade deals – our amazing food and farming sector will be ready and waiting to continue selling ever more not just here but around the world.

“Once we leave the EU on 31 October, we will have a historic opportunity to introduce new schemes to support farming – and we will make sure that farmers get a better deal.”

The farming industry is worth £6billion to the Welsh economy and supports 14,000 businesses.

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said that Welsh sheep can be traded in Japan, which will be a huge boost for local farmers.

“That is a new market for us, so exports are already taking place there,” he said.

“That is a significant market for which we haven’t even scratched the surface yet.”

But farmers have warned that a No Deal Brexit could spark “civil unrest” and protests.

Helen Roberts, a sheep farmer for the National Sheep Association in Wales, told Radio 4 earlier that Boris should “stop playing Russian roulette with the industry”.

She added: “No Deal will be catastrophic for the industry, even if it’s only for a few months.”

When asked about the possibility of taking the right to the streets, she said: “I think they will, it’s time to stand up for themselves and be counted.

“I suspect there will be protests.”

Farmers have also warned they could have to slaughter millions of sheep if there’s a No Deal – because huge 40 per cent tariffs on leaving on WTO terms could drive them out of business.

Boris will also visit Wales as the Tories fight to hang onto Brecon and Radnorshire in a by-election on Thursday.

It was sparked by the former MP Chris Davies, who was found guilty of fiddling his office expenses, but the party have chosen to let him stand again.

Tories overtake Labour in Wales as Boris Johnson wins party support

BORIS Johnson’s poll bounce has spread to Wales as the Tories have leapfrogged Labour in a shock poll.

As the new PM rolls in today for his first visit, the Conservatives are now ahead of Labour on 24 per cent.

The party are up seven points since Theresa May announced she would quit as party leader back in May.

It’s the Tories’ highest rating in Wales since the start of the 2017 General Election.

And experts said it would be enough for the Tories to take eight seats off Labour in the next Election.

Labour would pick up a minority of Welsh seats for the first time since 1918.

Yesterday Boris used his first trip to Scotland to promise £300million of extra funding for the regions.

But he was booed when he met Nicola Sturgeon and slapped down her calls for a second independence referendum.

He said again that the chance of a No Deal Brexit was a million to one, but his top team have been playing up the chances.

Dominic Raab said the balance was “shifting” towards it and Michael Gove said the Government were working on the “assumption” that the EU won’t back down.

Boris wants to ditch the hated Northern Ireland border and re-do Theresa May’s deal, but has promised to get Britain out on October 31 if he can’t.

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