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Brexit would be bad for farming and agri-food industries - Anderson

13 June, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said a Brexit would be bad news for our farming and agri food industries. 

Ms Anderson said; 

"I have met farmers the length and breadth of Ireland and there is a great deal of concern about the impact a Brexit would have. 

"There is no doubt the EU needs to reformed and Sinn Féin is committed to working for a more democratic Europe, a greener Europe and a Better Europe. 

"The lion’s share of the EU budget goes to farmers and rural communities through the Common Agricultural Policy. 

"That would be lost in the event of a Brexit. Local farmers would lose £236m each year in direct payments. It would also take £186 million from our Rural Development Programme. 

"Sinn Féin have challenged the British government's Secretary of State to say how this will be replaced but she has repeatedly failed to answer.

"That is why we are campaigning for farmers and rural dwellers to Put Ireland First and vote to Remain in the EU."

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