Welsh rural affairs minister Carwyn Jones has confirmed that Wales will be abandoning its stand to remain an official GM-free zone.

Speaking to the Welsh assembly in Cardiff last week, Jones explained that should the country maintain is defiance against GM crops, it will effectively be breaking community law and thus face a hefty EU fine.

“The wolves are at the door,” he said: “We will end up with infraction proceedings; we will have to pay that fine. That is not something we can properly say to the people of Wales we are prepared to do.”