With a home market of over 60m people and only about 60% self-sufficient in food, I had always assumed British farmers were relaxed about the vote to leave the EU. However, in fact Brexit is seen as a fundamental shift in the conditions in which British agriculture operates and how British farming and food are affected is going to have a real effect on Irish farming and food exports.

There is much more of an identity of interest than I had realised. It was with some curiosity that I accepted an invitation to listen to the views of the new director general of the National Farmers Union (NFU) of England and Wales, Terry Jones.