Brexit to have major implications for CAP and Irish farmers – Carthy
Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said the Brexit will have profound implications for the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy and for Irish farmers.
He reiterated his appeal for Irish MEPs, of all parties and none, to support his call for a working group to examine in detail how Brexit will impact on the farming community to be established by the European Parliament’s Agriculture committee.
Matt Carthy said:
“The fight to maintain Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funding is going to be one of the biggest priorities facing the agricultural sector over the next year.
“With Brexit heralding the loss of one of the biggest net contributors to the budget, it is more important than ever to continue to work with other like-minded countries and delegations at EU level to maintain this important lifeline for farmers.
“With that in mind though, I am also committed to restoring credibility to the CAP system by ending the huge inequalities that exist whereby a small number of corporate farmers receive extortionate payments while the ,majority of farmers struggle to make ends meet.
“Bringing equality to the system is crucial in the debate to maintain the overall budget.”
Carthy said Brexit would result in direct payments completely ceasing for farmers in the North of Ireland and that a whole series of programmes and projects in rural areas would see their funding disappear.
“This is a huge threat to rural communities north and south. Changes to the budget, changes to trading patterns, regulatory divergences and the pulling of certain price and other supports will have a massive impact on both the livelihoods of Irish farmers and agricultural markets.
“It is time for Irish MEPs, of all political persuasions, to wake up to the realities of how Brexit will impact on Irish farmers.
“I would appeal again to Irish MEPs, of all parties and none, to support my call for a working group to examine in detail how Brexit will impact on the farming community to be established by the European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee.”