NFU and Irish Farmers' Association issue joint EU exit statement

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The two farm leaders have remained in regular contact during the Brexit negotiations, given the significance of the talks for farmers and the wider agri-food industry.

Following the meeting, the leaders set out the key principles that farmers want to see as part of a deal.

  • IFA and NFU re-affirmed the importance of avoiding a ‘no-deal’ scenario and appealed to both sets of negotiators to remain steadfast in pursuit of an agreement for arrangements on 1 January.
  • Minette Batters and Tim Cullinan re-stated their firm commitment to the adherence to world-class standards that underpin food production in the UK and Ireland, and insisted that any future deal guarantees full recognition of these standards.
  • Trade on the island of Ireland, and the trade flows East-West and West-East between here and the UK, are important to the economies on these islands. Every effort must be made to safeguard trade in agri-food goods, which plays a crucial role in the prosperity of rural communities.
  • IFA and NFU re-affirmed their commitment to working together for the benefit of Irish and British farmers.

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