‘Backstop vital to protect pig farming industry’ - Molloy
Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy has said it’s imperative that there is no hard border on the island of Ireland to protect the interests of our pig farmers.
The Mid Ulster MP was commenting after attending a screening of a film produced by the ‘Farms Not Factories’ campaign on the pig farming industry in the north of Ireland today in Westminster.
Speaking after the screening Mr Molloy said:
"Its important that we continue to support our local pig farmers.
“The pig farming industry has seen rapid expansion over recent years and while this is welcome, we don't want to see the over-intensification of farming. The well-being of the animals must be paramount.
“Farmers expressed grave concern at the impact that Brexit will have on small farmers and the pig industry in Ireland.
“This is why it remains imperative that we don’t have a hard border on the island of Ireland and the backstop - included within the Withdrawal Agreement - remains the bottom line.
“We must ensure that there are no obstacles or impediments created that would affect movement of animals cross-border.”