THERE is an anxiety building as the date for Britain to leave the EU draws closer.

Most of it is caused by uncertainty over what will happen and how Britain will operate with EU countries in terms of trade, travel and services.

Some say a no-deal Brexit is exactly what the country needs.

They say it should cut all ties with the EU and trade with it and the rest of the world under World Trade Organisation terms, as it does with countries such as the US. But others want to keep as many links with the continent as possible, amid fears of disruption to business.

One group that believes a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster is the National Farmers’ Union, which fears that Britain would not be allowed to export any live animals or animal-based products to the EU for months after we leave.

Sheep farmers in the area export 94 per cent of their stock to Europe and they fear for their survival.

Farmers would also lose out on vital EU funding, which has totalled millions of pounds during the past four years.

The government has guaranteed these payments for the first year in the event of a no-deal Brexit, but farmers have to find a lot of money to make ends meet after that.

The town’s farmers hope that a deal can be secured before we leave on March 29, securing their future as well.