Farmhouse Breakfast & 'Brexit' Debate

January 2016

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

What are the implications for British agriculture should the UK decide to leave the European Union?

Discuss whether the UK should leave the European Union and the implications on British farming at a special breakfast event.

Writtle College and the Essex Agricultural Society are holding the Farmhouse Breakfast & "Brexit" Debate on Friday 29 January at 8am at the College’s Northumberland Lecture Theatre.

While celebrating the best of local producers and produce, special guests will air their views about the forthcoming EU referendum and Brexit, the possible "British exit" from the European Union. They include North Essex Conservative MP The Rt. Hon Bernard Jenkin and East of England Labour MEP Richard Howitt. Essex Farmer and NFU Vice President, Guy Smith, will be the Chair.

Guy said: “With the EU referendum likely to be called in 2016 it makes a good issue for the Essex farming community to chew over while also celebrating British Farmhouse Breakfast Week. With Bernard Jenkin and Richard Howitt we have two excellent speakers. Bernard is an Essex MP known for his Euroscepticism and Richard is a long-serving MEP for our region. I'm sure they will provide plenty of extra spice and sauce.”

Julia Smith, Chair of the Board of Governors at Writtle, said: "This gives us an excellent opportunity to showcase Writtle College with our strong farming links during Farmhouse Breakfast Week. We have a Writtle farm pig providing the sausages and the best of Tiptree jams provided by some of our Governors. It is the chance for a great breakfast with topical conversation from some eminent speakers."

Breakfast will be served from 8am, consisting of Writtle pork sausages and Tiptree jam courtesy of Wicks Manor Pork and Wilkin & Sons Ltd.

Student admission £5; general admission £10. Please book tickets at