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Creed Stresses Irish Brexit Priorities to UK Counterpart Andrea Leadsom

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today met his UK counterpart, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom MP, for an exchange of views on the implications for the agri-food and fisheries sectors of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

Commenting after what he described as a very positive exchange, the Minister said, "I believe that, given the high levels of agri-food trade between Ireland and the UK and the highly integrated nature of that trade, it is in both our interests to maintain the existing relationship to the maximum extent possible. Today's meeting with Andrea Leadsom provided a very useful opportunity for me to emphasise the importance to Ireland of the potentially very significant impacts for the agri-food and fisheries sectors arising from Brexit, and to assess UK thinking in this regard. It also allowed us to identify Brexit-related issues in respect of which we have a common interest. As such, I think it built very positively on the bilateral contacts that have already taken place at official level, and which we have agreed should continue over the coming months." In the course of their discussions both Ministers acknowledged the long tradition of trade in agri-food between the two countries, and agreed that they wanted this to continue.  They discussed their respective Departments' preparations to date, and the approaches being taken from a whole-of-Government viewpoint. They noted where the main challenges are likely to arise, including in relation to how tariff and other trade issues will be dealt with in the post-exit relationship, the practical difficulties associated with possible border controls and certification requirements, the particular challenges presented from a North-South perspective, and the complex issues that arise in relation to fisheries.

The Minister continued, "I welcome in particular the Secretary of State's acknowledgment of the shared issues we face, and her assurance that the interests of the agri-food and fisheries sectors are a key priority for her in the upcoming negotiations."

Concluding, the Minister said, "Today's discussions were a very useful starting point in what we have agreed will be a process of regular consultation as the situation in relation to Brexit unfolds.  I look forward to continuing engagement at both political and official levels over the coming months in the interests of securing the best possible outcome for the Irish agri-food and fisheries sectors."

To view this Press Release as a PDF: DAFMPR 178/2016 (pdf 362Kb) 

01.12.16

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today met his UK counterpart, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom MP, for an exchange of views on the implications for the agri-food and fisheries sectors of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

Date Released: 01 December 2016

Distribution channels: Agriculture, Farming & Forestry