'It's going to be a long road' - Border farmer on Brexit
As the EU fires the first salvo on Brexit negotiations, our reporter talks to farmers on the Border about what Brexit may mean for them
Farmers along the border are viewing the upcoming Brexit talks with a mixture of fear and nervous anticipation.
They are worried whether a 'hard' or 'soft' frontier will emerge once the disengagement of Britain from the European Union takes place in two years' time.
Brian Treanor, a dairy man from Emyvale, Co Monaghan, said whatever emerges from these talks will have a negative impact on farming in the region - with the emergence of a "hard border" the worst possible outcome.
Dairy farmers in the region deal with Lakelands and LacPatrick, with the supply base for both processors straddling the border.
Apart from the likelihood that a hard border would make what now is a seamless trading relationship more difficult, it would have knock-on effects on the 200 plus milk processing jobs in this region.
"Probably the worst scenario would be that Britain is forced to leave the European Union without doing a trade deal," he told the Farming Independent this week.
"This would see tariffs and other sorts of barriers emerging which would cause real problems. Farmers here need an open border and any return to the previous border would cause problems for everybody," he said.