Concern over beef payments if there’s a no-deal Brexit

Sinn Féin’s Agriculture spokesman Martin Kenny TD, has called on Minister Michael Creed to clarify how the targeted payments he has pledged to seek for beef farmers in the case of a no-deal Brexit would be allocated.

The Minister for Agriculture has indicated the payments would come from the Common Market Organisation framework, which would mean payments would be linked to any price drop which would result from a no-deal Brexit.

The European Commission has already said it is within EU law to provide a cushion against the most immediate and drastic effects of a no-deal situation.

The Leitrim based TD says  if tariffs of up to 50% are imposed on Irish Beef it would sound the death nail for the industry and force several farmers across the north west to cease beef farming.