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Beef ruling 'clears way for payout to farmers'.

CONSERVATIVE Euro MP Philip Bushill-Matthews has welcomed a ruling that a French ban on British beef was illegal.

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that the two-year ban broke European Union law. France now has a short period to comply with the ruling, by lifting the ban, before a heavy fine can be imposed.

West Midlands MEP Mr Bushill-Matthews (left) was among the demonstrators in Paris in autumn, 1999 who protested about the ban.

He said the ruling should prompt the UK government to support the NFU claim for significant damages, saying: "Warwickshire farmers have suffered enough and deserve compensation for the business they have lost."
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