IFA lobbies Barnier for zero tariffs regime
The Irish Farmers' Association has called for a "comprehensive free-trade agreement" between the EU and UK post-Brexit that would keep tariffs at zero and health and safety standards as they are.
It also wants the EU and UK to impose the same import tariffs on goods from other parts of the world.
Following a meeting with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Brussels, IFA president Joe Healy acknowledged that upcoming Brexit talks would be "very difficult".
But just how difficult those talks will be is becoming more evident as they get under way.
At the end of March, British prime minister Theresa May set the clock ticking on two years of negotiations, with the EU setting the terms.
Those terms - set out in draft 'negotiating guidelines' - say that a future trade deal will only be discussed after enough progress is made on the divorce deal.
Last week, EU government officials - minus Britain - held a first meeting on the text, and are already starting to put pressure on the UK over residency rights for citizens post-Brexit, their number one priority in the divorce.
According to a source in the room during the closed-door talks, countries complained about increasing difficulties their citizens have been facing when applying for UK residency.