IFA PRESIDENT SAYS BREXIT THE GREATEST THREAT TO FARMING

30 April 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

The IFA President Joe Healy has said Brexit is the greatest threat to Irish farming in our lifetimes. He was speaking at a conference at Goffs in Kill, Co. Kildare attended by over 600 farners. They included a group of around 25 from County Monaghan led by County Chairman Frank Brady and Vice Chair Brian Treanor.

Mr Treanor told the Northern Standard the meeting on Monday had been very informative. The speakers included the EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, the President of the European Farmers’ Union COPA, Martin Merrild, and UFU President, Barclay Bell.

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EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan told the IFA conference that Brexit was the most complex economic, political and cultural challenge to face Ireland, the UK, and the broader European Union in many generations. It was an eradefining issue that must be approached from a variety of interconnected perspectives, he said. From the perspective of protecting the business foundations of the Irish and EU farming and agrifood sector; from the perspective of building a 27- member CAP without the UK; and from the perspective of Irish citizens wanting the best for their families and the nation.

The conference was entitled ‘The Imperatives for Irish Farmers and the Agri-Food Sector’. The European Council will meet on Saturday to adopt the negotiating guidelines regarding British withdrawal and negotiations with the UK should start next month, according to the Commissioner. He said it was vitally important the issues concerning Brexit and its consequences were properly discussed and debated. He welcomed the IFA’s Policy Paper on Brexit as a very constructive contribution to the debate. This identified the key issues and priorities for the Irish….
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