Agri-food industry 'clutching at straws' on Brexit
The Irish agri-food industry is 'clutching at straws' talking about opportunities from Brexit, IFA president Joe Healy has said.
The IFA has outlined its policy paper on Brexit, and the organisation states that no other member state or sector is as exposed to the impacts of the UK leaving the EU as the Irish agri-food sector.
Mr Healy said that the implications of a hard Brexit are stark, with the Irish meat sector facing a €1.5bn fall in exports, and dairy exports falling by over €600m.
"Brexit presents the biggest threat in our lifetime and no other sector is as exposed to Brexit as the agri-food sector," he said.
IFA chief economist Rowena Dwyer said Ireland is already feeling the impact of Brexit.
The Irish agri-food industry is extremely exposed to the impact of Brexit, as 40pc of the country's agri-food exports are destined for the UK market.
The land border with Northern Ireland means there is also a huge amount of cross-border co-operation on food processing and trade flows.