East Yorkshire pig farmer Kate Moore has defended the decision to back Leave in 2016 after coming under fire on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. Ms Moore was invited onto the radio programme to discuss the supply chain problems affecting the British meat industry. When the farmer was challenged by some listeners for “complaining” about the “predicted outcomes of Brexit,” Ms Moore delivered a passionate defence of the Brexit vote.
Women’s Hour host Emma Barnett explained: “A message came in and talked about, you know, kindness, but there’s also tough questions I suppose straightaway when I mentioned your name, and what’s been going on, and the question was, could you ask the pig farmer why she is now complaining about the predicted outcomes of Brexit when she gleefully welcomed Brexit.
“Does she now regret her support for leaving the EU and of course, I’ve got no idea how you voted, and I’m not sure this person does either but there’s a feeling there certainly that some people are tapping into and I wanted to give you the chance to respond.”
Ms Moore replied: “I think that this is something that came to light on Friday that people like to troll people on social media, which is really unfair, yes I did vote for Brexit.
“But I can assure everybody that’s listening that I did not vote for this, I voted for people to be more patriotic.
“I voted for the Government to look after ourselves to put border controls in.
“There’s a number of things that I voted, I went to a number of meetings, nearly one a week, I was very educated in my vote.
“I respect other people’s vote and they should respect my vote.”
Earlier this month, a BBC Question Time audience member took a dig at vegetarianism as he suggested the popular practice is to blame for Britons being put off working in the meat industry.
“There is a big vegetarian impact and it has grown so much.
“So it is how do we encourage British people into this trade.”
Farmers have warned that a shortage of butchers could see up to 120,000 animals slaughtered on farms and then incinerated because they cannot go to the abattoir and they have nowhere left to house them.
Pig farmers mounted a protest outside the Tory conference in Manchester at the beginning of October, calling for a temporary visa scheme to bring more butchers into the UK.