It seems wherever you turn its Brexit this, Brexit that. If it’s not in the headlines its in the media. And working in the media we are even more tired of it, it seems the fall back question in every interview I conduct now with an outward focused company.
And yet, and yet it’s still an important discussion that needs to be had. Just a few days ago the National Farmers union in northern Ireland wrote a letter to UK PM Teresa May asking for her to remain in the single market and to not be so harsh in her treatment of non nationals. Why? Because the UK farming economy which includes Northern Ireland relies heavily on foreign workers. To come down hard on this will indeed as the farmers union warned put food supplies in a security situation.
Closer to home it is having an affect on our prices from supermarkets to marts. Factories are using it to give us cheaper prices something they deny but we know and supermarkets are rising prices on certain items, this we know and have evidence for. It seems once again despite being an independent nation we are being taken along for a ride with our Saxon neighbours. It’s not a ride we want to go on but we are so reliant on them that here we are screaming in the back seat all the way to God knows where.
As they say you can’t tell the history of Ireland without mentioning England but you can tell the history of England without mentioning Ireland and so too it is with Brexit. Do you think our neighbours are taking time to wonder how we are fairing or devoting as much time in their news to what is happening here? Fat chance.
If Brexit can teach us anything its about standing on our own feet economically as farmers. We have to look to those foreign markets. Our Minister needs to be out on the road every second week with different nations talking to them debating, strategizing. Why? Because you can be sure the UK are at that with their produce and exports.
Brexit is the reality check we need. We need to forget about being John Bull’s other island and become the agriculture super power that we are. Bord Bia need to ram up its marketing drive worldwide, forget about the Saoirse Ronan Origin Green ads they didn’t work. Its time to come out fighting Mcgregor style. This is economic war and we aren’t taking prisoners.