ICSA CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO TAKE STRONG LINE WITH EU ON BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS

29 MARCH 2017

ICSA president Patrick Kent has said that the triggering of Article 50 begins a process that could have profound consequences for Irish agriculture. “Irish beef production is hugely dependent on tariff free access to the UK which has been the highest price market for beef in recent years and which accounts for more than half our beef exports.”

Mr Kent has called on the Government to take a very resolute stance with the EU in order to ensure that Irish interests are protected.

“Irish agriculture did not cause Brexit it cannot be the loser from it. The Government must ensure that the guidelines given to Michel Barnier make tariff free trade between Ireland and the UK a line in the sand. The Taoiseach cannot compromise on this with the other EU leaders.

The EU needs to get over its obsession with making sure that the UK is the loser from Brexit and concentrate instead on ensuring that Ireland is not the loser from Brexit.”

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