Devon County Show

Neil attended the Devon County Show and took part in a debate on Britain's EU membership with former Environment Minister, Owen Paterson. In the debate, sponsered by the National Farmers Union, Neil argued for Britain to remain in the EU and Owen Paterson argued for Britain to leave.

Top of the agenda in the debate was access to the Single Market and the 3 billion Euros of support payments provided to British farmers from the EU every year.

Neil said:

"It's always a pleasure to attend the County Show - I had a brilliant time. It's a showcase for the world-class agricultural produce we create here in Devon."

"I also enjoyed the EU debate with Owen Paterson. We both respect each other's views and it was great to see the room packed to hear the different arguments."

"My case is very clear. In the EU, British farmers have tariff-free access to 500 million customers. They receive 3 million Euros of support through the CAP. 93% of British beef exports go to the EU, showing just how important the Single Market is to British agriculture and our farmers here in the South West".

"All in all, it was a brilliant County Show and I look forward to attending again next year."