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Irish beef farmers must be protected in Brexit deal – Kenny

26 July, 2018 - by Martin Kenny TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Kenny TD is calling on Minister Michael Creed and the government to take a tougher stance on Brexit negotiations in order to protect Irish farmers.

Deputy Kenny said:

“As the Brexit negotiations heat up over the next few months, the government must be to the fore in protecting Irish agriculture and our agri-food markets.

“While it is imperative that we don’t have a hard border on the island of Ireland, we must ensure that there is no obstacles or impediments created that would affect the exportation of Irish produce to Britain.

“Britain is Ireland biggest export market for Irish beef and it needs to be protected in whatever Brexit deal is negotiated and as thousands of Irish farm families are depending on it.

“The Taoiseach has said that preparations should be made for the possibility of a no-deal scenario.  I am calling on Minister Creed to contact his counterpart in the British Government and discuss the need for Irish food exports to be protected whether there is a Brexit deal or not.

“The Irish suckler cow and beef industry would be decimated if tariffs were introduced on our exports or the beef market were lost to sub-standard cheap beef from South America.

“The Minister must take responsibility for this now, as we cannot have a wait and see attitude to these negotiations.” 

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