Boris Johnson: West Country farmers could face 'a bumpy time' if UK leaves without a deal

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The Prime Minister has stopped short of saying no farms in the West Country will go under if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

On a visit to Devon, Boris Johnson said farmers in the region could face "a slightly bumpy time" but did promise extra cash and support.

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Mr Johnson's own family farm in Exmoor "went bust in 1969" but responding to fears around surrounding Brexit in the agricultural community, he said: "No deal must be on the cards".

Frankly, if we don't then we won't get anywhere in the negotiations and I think people do understand that.

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The Prime Minister was visiting Torbay Hospital following an announcement the government will review hospital food.

At one point on the trip, the Prime Minister seemed to forget he himself had grown up in the West Country. He asked, "why would anybody having grown up in the West Country move away from it?"

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