Brexit and farming


British PM Teresa May has set the date for the beginning of Brexit but what does it mean for Irish farmers North and South?

Brexit and farming

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British PM Teresa May has set the date for the beginning of Brexit but what does it mean for Irish farmers North and South?

Following Teresa May’s comments at the weekend Britain will begin the process of leaving the EU by next March with a full exist by 2019.

May will introduce A Great Repeal Bill which will replace existing EU laws.

Responding to May’s commitment to Brexit, ICSA President Patrick Kent said “We now need to deal with this reality check and realise that it’s game on for Brexit. All strategies now have to be adapted to this.”

Kent warned that the livestock industry must deliver results in diversifying irish exports.

His comments have come on the back of the news of 15000 head of cattle needed for the Turkish market. The lucartive Chinese market still remains unclear.

As reported in the Irish Times Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan indicated that the Irish government would be seeking a special case for Northern Ireland as a solution to the threat of a hard border.

Not surprisngly it is Northern Irelands farmers who will be hardest hit by Brexit as they like their neighbours in the south are dependant on EU farm grants and payments. With around 82% of farm income coming from EU grants.

In real terms farmers in the North were set to receive €2.53bn from 2014 to 2020 from Europe.

They will now receive CAP funding only until 2019.

From 2014 to 2020, it’s estimated the agriculture and rural sector in Northern Ireland was set to receive €2.53bn from Europe.

Philip Hammong the UK chancellor has said the UK government will pick up any shortfall in EU between now and the end of the decade for british farmers he however did not elaborate on what would happen after that time.

Some think tanks in the EU have called for an end to subsidies altogether to UK farmers pointing out that is has held back innovation.

Meanwhile in Irealnd An Taosiceach will speak in cabinet today about Brexit, it is expect they will formally announce the All Island Civic Forum which will bring together cross border groups and parties to assess the impact of Brexit. Farming may well be a major talking point for farmers both North and South.

The best measure would allow free movement of people and goods across this island from North to South.

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