UFU respond to Dairy Council NI press release

Tuesday, 8 October, 2019

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has reiterated that a no-deal Brexit would be the worst possible outcome for Northern Ireland dairying, in response to Dairy Council NI’s (DCNI) press release.

Deputy president Victor Chestnutt said, “Any agreement that restricts trade north-south and east-west will have a severe impact on Northern Ireland dairy businesses. We have consistently said that any deal must allow free and frictionless trade and that a no-deal Brexit would be disastrous for Northern Ireland’s family-run farms.”

DCNI’s analysis suggests that farmers could lose 10 pence per litre should the proposed tariffs be imposed.

“It would be totally unsustainable for our members and the entire Northern Ireland dairy industry if these tariffs were put in place. Our farmers who are the primary producers, will pay the price for high tariffs ultimately wiping out their livelihoods. Any tariffs the EU applies should be reciprocated. The UK should apply tariffs, which includes goods coming into Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland.

“We will continue to lobby Government on behalf of our farming families and hope that a no-deal Brexit will be avoided. The Prime Minister’s proposals are a starting point, it addresses some concerns but not others, specifically around tariffs and customs. We need a deal which allows the UK to leave the EU in a managed way so that trade in every direction can occur (north-south and east-west) with minimal disruption and specifically, a resolution that address tariffs between NI and ROI,” said the deputy president.