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The entire system governing how farmers run their businesses

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for the last 40 years should be torn up post Brexit,

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In parliament today Scott M`nn, the MP for North Cornwall

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called for a better, British system.

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Farmers say it's an uncertahn time for the industry.

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However, the fall in the potnd has made our exports cheaper.

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Our Environment Correspondent Adrian Campbell has this report

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The South West's rich pastures are ideal for grazing cattle. On this

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farm in North Devon, they share many similar issues to farms arotnd the

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South West, for instance, ndeding to import expensive farm equiplent from

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the continent. And those on the only other costs they have to consider,

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because there are other isstes, such as fuel oil and feed. All vdry

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expensive for farmers at thd moment. Why are imports expensive? Well

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before Brexit on the 22nd of June, ?1 was worth around 1.3, euros and

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$1.47. But today, things have changed a lot. The pound has almost

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reached parity with the euro, and has dropped to $1.19. One of the

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good things about that for farmers is that they die with their food has

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become in demand worldwide because it is cheaper, -- their food has

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become in demand. But that can be become in demand. But that can be

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bad news for the British upper. I'm sure the consumer will see a

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rise in food prices if our dxports increase in price and becomd more

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competitive abroad, because it will short the market in the UK, and the

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shortage in the UK will cause a rise in prices. The value for thd

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business has and that any m`jor investments have a question mark

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over them at the moment. On Adam's farm, the cows already

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produce high-value organic lilk which sells in markets as f`r afield

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as the Pacific and the Unitdd States. Local markets can top up

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farm incomes, according to the National Farmers' Union.

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We are at a crossroads, when clearly we have an opportunity to shape the

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domestic agricultural policx, which means farmers are supported,

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probably not in the same wax they have been, but they are supported in

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the future, and now we have a thriving and prosperous domdstic

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agricultural industry. It is a short-term uncertainty that

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is the issue for farmers, and the rest of industry at the momdnt, but

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long-term, leaving the European Union could be the best thing we've

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ever done. But we won't know until we get there.

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Adam's worked hard to build up his organic herd, producing high-value

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organic milk and cheese, sold around the world. He says his farm can

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manage that EU subsidies, btt these are still volatile times. -, manage

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without EU subsidies. Our political editor Martyn Oates

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has been following events Apart from fishing, also discussed

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in the debate today, it is difficult to think of any industry so enmeshed

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with the European Union as farming. What will happen to be subshdies

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farmers currently get from the EU? Many, in places like the Sotth West

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rely on those. That was one of the concerns raised today. Likewise

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will farmers be able to accdss immigrant labour to the levdl they

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say they need once we're outside the EU, particularly given the

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government's repeated insistence that it wants and needs to clamp

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down on immigration. And thdn there is the relationship of Brit`in with

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the European single market post Brexit. The National Farmers' Union

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says that full and unfetterdd access to the market is essential for

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British farmers, and the single market is home to many of their

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biggest customers and biggest competitors.

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Earlier this afternoon, the Environment Secretary Andre` Leadsom

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was being grilled by the environment select committee, chaired bx the MP

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Neil Parish, who pushed her repeatedly on the issue of whether

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or not the government's ide`lly trying to keep it inside thd single

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breakfast negotiations. All she breakfast negotiations. All she

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would say was, the government is looking to get the best bespoke deal

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for the UK. The medical director's failtre to

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protect patients and Cornwall did not amount of misconduct, according

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to rate tribunal. The hearing did find that Doctor Paul Upton had not

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taken appropriate steps agahnst consultant Rob Jones at the Royal

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Cornwall Hospital's trust. Our correspondent has more now.

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Reminders of the background to this case?

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This all dates back to 2010, at the Royal Cornwall Hospital trust. It

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involved the gynaecologist Doctor Robert Jones. You can see hhm on the

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left here in this BT. You m`y remember, he was part of thd medical

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team that delivered the forler Prime Minister David Cameron's datghter

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Florence. There were no isstes there, but after concerns alongst

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his colleagues, he was parthally excluded from clinical practice in

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2011. More than 200 former patients of Mr Jones have taken legal action

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against the Royal Cornwall hospitals trust for the harm done to them

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under his care. He was fullx excluded from practice and 20 to buy

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the medical director, Doctor Paul Upton. Mr Jones later retirdd and

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voluntarily removed himself from the medical register. The Gener`l

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Medical Council say... Should have removed him sooner.

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So, what conclusions did thhs tribunal reach? The hearing

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identified failings by Doctor Art and, but in the context of `

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dysfunctional department and eight failing organisation.

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They concluded these did not amount to misconduct. They also noted he

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had improved care standards during his time at the hospital. Doctor

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Upton, who stepped down frol his post in 2013, had denied thd

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allegations of misconduct. Johnny, thank you.

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A look now at some of the other stories in the South West tonight.

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A man who died tombstoning at Plymouth Hoe has been naled

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An inquest today heard the thirty nine year old suffered unsurvivable

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injuries after he jumped into the water last

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The inquest has been adjourned until February.

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More than 200 job losses now look inevitable at the Somerset

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The Yeovil factory lost a significant contract to m`ke

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airframes for the Navy's new Lynx helicopter.

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Staff have been given redundancy notices.

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An operation to cull badgers in parts of the South West

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The controversial shootings were part of the government's

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25-year strategy to eradicate bovine TB.

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Cull figures are expected to be published next year.

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There was a ringing endorselent for sport in the region tod`y

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as double Olympic swimming champion Becky Adlington said the Sotth West

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is leading the way when it comes to nurturing new talent.

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The Gold medal winner joined Plymouth divers Tonia Couch

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and Sarah Barrow for a little motivational session in Plylouth

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today, and as John Henderson found out some needed more

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One, two, three, go! Even with the help of an Olxmpic

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diver, it is tough going off a three metre high springboard.

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OK, so come over here. Thankfully, not everything `t

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Plymouth Life Centre requirds such a Plymouth Life Centre requirds such a

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leap of faith. It doesn't matter, keep going! You

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can all get out! And who better to trust in `

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swimming sprint than a double Olympic champion?

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What do you think? It is just crazy. Some of them are

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using their arms. I don't think they have a clue! They are like, yeah,

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we're just loving it, we want to win!

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Rebecca Adlington knows all about that. Two golds in Beijing, followed

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by two bronzes in London. In Rio, Team GB when even more medals.

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I think a lot of that is getting the lessons right. I think Plymouth is

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one of the few cities in thd country that actually every single primary

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schools wins. I think that hs so rare, and I think that people should

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take example from what is going on down here in Plymouth, and

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hopefully, you never know, one of these kids could get a gold medal at

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the Olympics one day. But today was about having fun and

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picking up some top tips. Click, click, click! Plymouth divers

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Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow set the bar pretty high.

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That was beautiful. Though it is not just mere lortals

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hitting the water at 33 milds an hour.

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Yes, I definitely always get scared, but that is the good thing `bout it,

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you get scared about it, yot do it, and that is my sense of achhevement.

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And for the 100 or so pupils from three of Plymouth's primary schools,

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this is where is -- this was their reward.

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I'm proud of myself, that I came I'm proud of myself, that I came

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here and at that. My Gran whll be very pleased.

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Who knows? Maybe this is whdre it all starts for the Olympic star of

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the future. You never know! Time now for a look

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at the weather, and here is David. Thank you. Good evening. We have a

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bit of this coming our way over the next few mornings. Some mist, and

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far, and just a touch of frost every now and then as well. High pressure

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is well and truly in charge. It looks like it will stay with us

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until the weekend. Mostly fhne and dry tomorrow, and we will gdt some

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sunshine as well. A slight chance of a passing shower, but that hs very

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isolated. We still have the same setup, that area of low pressure

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over southern Scandinavia, but this area high-pressure looks like it

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will be our friend for a few days, before moving away into the weekend.

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We start to see this area of low-pressure getting closer,

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strengthening easterly wind is removed from Saturday into Sunday.

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There are a few showers left behind this evening just to the far west of

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Cornwall, but for most of us, the skies are now clearing and the

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tablature laurels are now f`lling. They could be as low as thrde

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degrees overnight tonight in a few places. That is cold enough for some

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frost to form on both the c`r windscreen and also the grass.

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Tomorrow, we will have some sunshine, more than we have seen

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today. Cloud will followed by every now and then. The risk of a shower

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in the far west of Cornwall. The rest of us, it is dry. Doctor

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Bridge, 13 degrees, 55 in Fahrenheit. On Friday, a lot of mist

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around, but it is a very sililar day, fine and dry, light winds, top

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temperature of 13 or 14 degrees And then as we head into the wedkend,

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more of a easterly developing. Have a good night.

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That's all the news and weather from us tonight.

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Andy Breare's back with the breakfast news tomorrow morning.

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From the late team here, have a good night.

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