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Beef and mushrooms to be worst hit as all agriculture sectors will be 'seriously affected' by Brexit

Irish Farmers Association president Tim Cullinan issued the stark warning at an Oireachtas committee hearing today.

IFA president Tim Cullinan
IFA president Tim Cullinan
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ALL SECTORS OF agriculture will be “seriously affected” by Brexit, beef and mushrooms most critically, an Oireachtas Committee has heard. 

Irish Farmers’ Association president Tim Cullinan said Ireland is a small nation on the periphery of Europe that will be most affected by Brexit.

He urged that a deal is agreed between the UK and EU to allow trade across the UK and Ireland to continue following the end of the transition period.

“But it’s not just farmers that are going to suffer, every citizen in this country is going to suffer because of this because once there are restrictions on product coming into this country, it’s only going to do one thing and if any product is scarce we all know what will happen – it’s going to cost more,” he told the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee.

“The government is going to have to put their hand in their pocket and co-fund money we are getting from Europe because we’re talking billions, £1.5 billion for agriculture alone per year, that is what this is going to cost.”

News emerged today that the UK and EU reached agreement on how to implement aspects of Brexit involving borders and trade.

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The agreement covers issues like border checks on animal and plant products, and deliveries of chilled meats and other food products to supermarkets.

Cullinan emphasised the importance of a deal being secured.

He concluded his submission to the committee, saying: “Obviously we want to see a deal, we are very concerned where we are at and if we don’t get a deal, funding is going to be absolutely critical for this sector going forward.”

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