Monday 22 May 2017

Irish jobs already being lost to Brexit - and it's likely to get much worse

With each passing week, Britain is shaping up to cut ever more ties with Europe. This is grim news for Ireland

In recent speeches, British Prime Minister Theresa May has taken a harder line on Brexit Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
In recent speeches, British Prime Minister Theresa May has taken a harder line on Brexit Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

'Five of Ireland's 60 mushroom farms have so far gone out of business since the [Brexit] referendum, including two this week". So reported Reuters last Friday.

The mushroom industry, which employs 3,500 people in Ireland, sells four fifths of its produce to our nearest neighbour. It is, in many ways, the Irish canary in the Brexit coalmine. With Sterling collapsing, in large part as a result of the decision to leave the EU, many mushroom producers in Ireland are facing going out of business.

This is just the beginning of the negative consequences for this country of Britain's decision to cut many of its ties with its neighbours.

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