JEREMY Corbyn has pledged to keep the European market open to farmers in the event of a no-deal Brexit - amid fears of the damage crashing out without a deal will have on the sector.

The leader of the opposition met with the Cockbain family - who run the Rake Foot Farm in Keswick - and were joined by the MP for Workington and shadow Defra secretary Sue Hayman and the environment advisor for the North West for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), Adam Briggs.

The Labour leader visited the farm yesterday to learn more about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on farming.

A report by farm business consultants Andersons, predicts an 18 per cent decline in profitability for farmers in a no-deal scenario, which equates to £850m.

Jeremy Corbyn pledged to support farmers in the event of no-deal. He promised to: “Make sure the European market is still open for them and also support for rural communities and the diversity of employment for rural communities. Rural communities have to be living in vibrant places."