In a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, Norfolk farmer and UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew
declared the plans for the future of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) "unfit for purpose."
Speaking during a debate on the future of the CAP, Mr Agnew said that the plans would divert money away from working farmers, and accused the EU of being obsessed with climate change, leading to nonsensical CO2 reduction measures being proposed.
"There is no good reason to have the CAP, but if we are compelled to have it, let its focus be on supporting farmers, not on politically correct, pseudo-scientific scares.
"Injecting tractor exhaust fumes underground, and changing ruminant livestock feed to reduce methane emissions will only hinder farmers. At a difficult time for farming, the EU is seeking to increase farming costs, while the likely effect will be to reduce crop yields."
Commenting after the debate, Mr Agnew said: "If the CAP fits, we should wear it. The corollary is that if the CAP doesn't fit, we should take it off!"