26 Mar 2019
ESRI REPORT ON BREXIT REQUIRES STRONG GOVT & EU COMMISSION RESPONSEBrexit
Reacting to the ESRI report showing the impact of various Brexit scenarios, IFA President Joe Healy said the Government & the EU Commission must immediately bring forward a comprehensive support package for farmers.
Joe Healy said even the most benign outcome – which would see a deal reached – will have a significant impact on GDP. “This in turn will have the biggest impact on the farming and food sector. We have heard that the EU Commission is ready to support Irish farmers. That time is now.”
The IFA President said our beef sector has already suffered from the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Farmers selling cattle at a base price of €3.75/kg for steers and €3.85/kg for heifers are taking cuts of 20c-25c/kg below last year’s price levels, or reductions of up to €100 per head. Farmers selling young bulls have been hit for €200 per head.
Joe Healy said the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar & the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed have to make a very strong case to the EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan. “We have had constant assurances about solidarity, given our exposure to Brexit. That has to translate into solid support”, he said.