Brexit: The Imperatives for Irish Farmers and the Agri-Food Sector

The UK leaving the EU presents the most serious threat to Irish farming and our agri-food sector in the history of the State.
IFA has identified the critical issues for farming and food and clear objectives that must be delivered to secure the interests of Ireland’s vital agri-food sector in the years ahead.


The UK is Ireland’s largest market for food and drink, with 40% of our food exports destined for the UK. Our proximity and shared land border mean the UK is a hugely important market for all Irish goods and services, but farming has a much higher dependence on the UK market than any other sector.

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IFA has identified the outcomes that must be delivered in negotiations to secure the interests of the Irish agriculture sector. We must maintain access to the UK market, at a high value, secure a strong CAP Budget post 2020 and secure support for any market disturbance.

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