EU supports must be in place for Irish farming ahead of Brexit

European Union supports must be put in place for Irish farming, which is facing particular challenges because of Brexit.

That’s according to Sinn Fein MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy, who has made a submission to the European Parliament’s agriculture and rural development committee on Brexit.

He says this industry operates in a highly-integrated manner, with many sectors being entirely all-island in nature.

And he adds barriers of any nature on the island, as well as the cost of complying with two different regulatory regime,s would seriously disrupt long-established all-island industries.

This is due, he says, to the large number of products that travel north and south for processing, slaughter and breeding every day.

Mr Carthy says the possible return of border controls poses serious threats to the Irish agriculture and agri-food sectors.

He outlined how these threats could arise in practical, everyday situations — and what needs to be done to prevent them.