More than 600 farmers will pack into Goffs in Kildare tomorrow at the beginning of an important week for IFA’s Brexit campaign. EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan will hear a clear message on the outcome needed from the negotiations for the farming and food sectors.
On Thursday this week, Joe Healy will travel to Brussels to build support among farm leaders from across Europe for IFA’s campaign. The President of COPA, Martin Merrild will attend IFA’s Brexit event in Goffs and will have heard first-hand the concerns of Irish farmers.
As part of IFA’s campaign on Brexit, Joe Healy has already met Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, and the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier.
Meanwhile, the IFA President has welcomed the positive outcome from Friday’s meeting between Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte and the Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Lokke Rasmussen.
Joe Healy said the three countries share common interests and each has a strong trading relationship with the U.K, particularly for food.
“The commitment shown by these three leaders is constructive and will be helpful in getting the future EU/UK trading framework on the table at the earliest point in the discussions. This is one of the key priorities for the farming and food sectors.”
The need for early engagement on the future of EU-UK trade and for Government to work closely with EU allies on issues of key concern will be major themes at the IFA Brexit Event taking place tomorrow in Goffs Co. Kildare.
The IFA Brexit event will also be addressed by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, IFA representatives and industry leaders – more information is available at www.ifa.ie/brexitevent.