It’s not just Brexit trade-related issues that are concerning farmers. The tussle between the EU and the US over subsidies paid to Airbus and Boeing has just degenerated into a row where farmers are the only victims, even though all the European manufacturing takes place in Britain, France, Germany and Spain. But Irish dairy farmers, through extra US duties on butter, are, by far, the Europeans most affected.
Yesterday’s news that the EU has retaliated by putting tariffs on US wheat (of which Europe buys very little) and John Deere tractors simply continues the trend of using agriculture as the sacrificial lamb. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. When Russia invaded Crimea, the EU imposed financial sanctions.