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Both NFU Cymru and the FUW are becoming increasingly anxious as the UK Government's withdrawal agreement is defeated for a third time.

Welsh farm leaders have called for a long extension to Article 50 – or for the UK Government to re-set the Brexit clock.

It follows Parliament’s latest rejection of the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement, this time by 58 votes.

Any extension should be long enough to ensure an orderly departure from the EU and ease the chaos currently enveloping the farm sector, he said.

“It’s very clear that Parliamentary support for the Prime Minister’s proposals is simply not there,” said Mr Davies.

“Brexit uncertainties continue to bear down on the sector – we have no idea of the trading conditions we might be operating under in a matter of days, which is having a severe impact on the sector’s confidence and general wellbeing.”

The government now has until April 12 to find a way forward. 

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has already said its options are limited: leaving without a deal on April 12; agreeing May’s deal and leaving on May 22; or coming up with a fresh proposal and having a longer extension.

The latter would involve taking part in the next EU Parliament elections – a course of action the Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) has been quick to embrace.

Better still, it wants Article 50 to be withdrawn and the clock re-set.

“This is the only way to secure sufficient time to allow a consensus to be reached which bridges the political divides within and between parties,” said FUW president Glyn Roberts.

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