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>> Britons have heard their fair share of bleating about Brexit since last year's vote. And farmer Charles Sircum fears it's only the beginning. As the UK negotiates to leave the European Union after triggering the divorce this week, few believe farming, which accounts for just 1.2% of UK jobs, will be a priority.
A livelihood from livestock could become untenable without access to the European market, the destination of nearly all British exports.>> If we face barriers to that, whether they're tariffs or limits on quotas, it would really have a serious impact on the profitability of producing sheep in the UK
>> I'm Reuters reporter Lucy Fielder from a sheep farm in Leicester. About a third of these animals are destined for the European market, but it's not just that, it's also the question of farming subsidies. Now, the UK government says it's going to put in to British farming all the money that the European Union currently does, but farmers can't help but be concerned that they're just going to get fleeced.
Those subsidies amount to nearly three billion pounds which the government says it can easily find once it stops paying into Brussel's coffers. But farms will have to compete with schools and hospitals for their share. Many UK farmers voted leave, hoping for a bonfire of red tape and a freer reign, but Circum's already curbing investment.
>> Rather than where we've been expanding the business year on year and gradually building the size of the business up, we've actually just cut it back. And the area of land that we farm we've cut back on a little bit, as well. I think we plan to stabilize the business over the next 12 months and to see how the negotiations go.
>> Falling produce prices and rising production costs have already squeezed agriculture as these sheep are put out to pasture Sircum fears farmers will be too unless a prompt, fair deal is reached in Brussels.