MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union could negatively affect the UK farmers, as they will be deprived of the single market and the EU financial aid, French government spokesman and former Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Folle said Wednesday, a day before the so-called Brexit referendum.
"If the United Kingdom quits the European Union, there will be no European aid to the UK farmers. There will be no single market anymore. I am asking them to think this through thoroughly," Le Folle told the France Info radio station.
He reminded that Switzerland and Norway, who are not part of the bloc, have to pay for the access to the single market.
"If the Brits want to pay, they will have to go through negotiations on a trade agreement and there will be taxes that will have to be agreed upon," the government spokesman added.
Brexit supporters argue that EU membership has eroded the country’s independence to legislate, direct its economy and control its borders. Opponents warn that leaving the European Union could deeply harm the UK economy.