“We’ve been criticised for supporting Theresa May’s Brexit deal. But this is a farming organisation, and we’re not going to allow politicians to run it”

Ivor Ferguson, president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union, says that leaving the EU without a deal would spell financial disaster for his 11,500 members

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor @gnelis
20th January, 2019

Ivor Ferguson pauses for a milli- second, then laughs ruefully.

I’ve just asked the president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU)what he made of the recent statement by the DUP MP Sammy Wilson that the North’s farmers should be “totally relaxed” about the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.

“I usually turn over to something like Tom & Jerry when I hear things like that,” he says. “I...

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