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

Boris Johnson served lunch to patients in Torbay Hospital. Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

It's very important that we reassure the farming community in any way possible. We will make sure that we have the funds available - the funds already are available - to support farmers with whatever intervention mechanism may be necessary.

– Boris Johnson

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?"