A senior economic government advisor to the chancellor has said the UK does not need its farming or fishing industries.
Dr Tim Leunig is reported to have said the food sector was “not critically important” to the UK’s economy and that agriculture and fisheries “certainly isn’t,” according to a leaked email seen by the Mail on Sunday.
The leaked email said, that ministers could follow the example of Singapore which is “rich without having its own agricultural sector,” Dr Leunig’s email is reported to have said.
The leaked email will most definitely place fears into agriculture and fisheries in the upcoming post Brexit talks.
A British government spokesman said, “We have made clear the comments are not in line with Government policy.”
It has also been said that Dr Leunig is close to the controversial non-elected Dominic Cummings, who is Boris Johnson’s senior advisor.