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Brexit report launched by Joint Oireachtas Committee - Martin Kenny TD

28 February, 2017 - by Martin Kenny TD

Speaking in Leinster House today where the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine launched its report on the impact of Brexit on the agri-food and fisheries sectors, Deputy Martin Kenny said:

“This report is the result of several months’ work where the views of farm organisations, academics, the agri-food processing sector, state bodies and agencies and the EU Commissioner Phil Hogan were heard by the Joint Oireachtas Committee.

“While it is a very detailed document, it sets out basic issues which must be considered in the context of Brexit, including access to the British market for Irish produce, free movement of trade across the border and regard to the fact that Irish citizens are most affected.

“The European Union needs to act to ensure retention of employment in the agri-food sector whatever arrangements may arise between Britain and the EU. There must flexibility on state aid rules and the adoption of capital investment programmes to offset the negative effects of Brexit.

“I welcome the commitment contained in the report to working within the EU to avoid any decrease in the Common Agricultural Policy budget and ensuring that our agri-food sector can diversify and achieve new markets.”

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