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Brexit would be disastrous for agriculture - McAleer

18 October, 2016 - by Declan McAleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said the potential of being dragged out of the EU would have a disastrous impact on Ireland's agricultural industry. 

Mr McAleer said; 

"There is widespread concern among our agriculture and agri-food sectors about the impact of a potential Brexit. 

"Despite attempts from those in favour of Brexit to offer reassurances that everything will somehow be fine outside of the EU the reality is very different. 

"No non-EU state has free trade with the EU on agricultural products so promises that we will be able to continue as normal after a potential Brexit ring hollow. Norway, for example, faces very high tariffs when trading with the EU. 

"Instead we will be left with controls, quotas and what experts have described as exceptionally high tariffs, even if we are part of a single market and customs union. 

"There is no doubt Brexit would have an absolutely devastating impact on agri-trade and our rural communities. 

"The people of the north voted to remain in the EU and that vote must be respected."

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