It’s obvious isn’t it, really?
The poor farmers of Wales will have to contend with the unfair competition from New Zealand farmers once the UK has exited the EU and struck trade deals with its former colonies.
This is indeed an economic tragedy on a scale of which there is no precedent.
Imagine the devastation to the British consumer of cheaper, market-priced food appearing in the supermarkets.
The Welsh Assembly is correct in its assertion that government intervention is required to ensure that no farmer is negatively impacted by this loss of EU subsidies and market protection from superior or cheaper imported products.
Or perhaps we are being sarcastic.
Why would the Welsh Assembly prioritise a small group of farmers above every carnivorous UK citizen?
The best interests of everyone in the UK who enjoys eating lamb is for them to be able to source a quality product at the best possible price.
Protecting a particular special interest group at the expense of the consumer is a return to mercantilism and the Corn Laws. Of course, this is precisely what the EU has been increasingly implementing over the decades following the UK’s entry into “The Common Market” (that was the name of the entity of which the 1975 referendum confirmed continued membership).