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Customs union essential for growth of agriculture industry - Anderson

17 May, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said remaining in the customs union and single market is essential for the continued growth of the north's agriculture sector. 

Speaking after attending the Balmoral Show, Martina Anderson said: 

"Today I met with farmers, food producers and rural businesses at the the Balmoral Show and listened to their concerns over the Tory Brexit agenda.

"Farmers' representatives, including the Ulster Farmers' Union, have made it clear that being in the customs union is essential for trade and Theresa May and her government need to listen to that.

"The north's agriculture sector has a well deserved reputation for excellence across the world and for that to be maintained and for the industry to grow is is vital that we remain in the customs union and single market and, crucially for our farmers, the Common Agricultural Policy.

"The backstop option which is already on the table would allow for that and it is essential that option is maintained and that the British government are not allowed to renege on what they have already agreed. 

"In the Brexit negotiations the Irish government must ensure the backstop option is protected in order to safeguard the interests of Ireland's agriculture sector." 

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