Farmers 'face huge damage from new post-Brexit tariffs'
Irish beef and dairy exports could face tariffs of up to 60pc and 50pc respectively in the event of a hard Brexit, according to a study.
The Department of Agriculture has taken an initial study on the potential impact on trade between Ireland and the UK of Britain leaving the EU.
The initial results show that Irish beef and dairy exports to the UK could face tariffs of up to 60pc and 50pc respectively.
Approximately 40pc of Irish food exports go to the UK, while Ireland imports €2.8bn worth of food from the UK every year.
Some 50pc of Irish beef is currently exported to the UK and the UK is a net importer of beef - it imports 35pc of its beef requirement.
Further, Irish beef exports to the UK represent about 10pc of the intra-EU beef trade, figures from the IFA show.
Any displacement of Irish beef exports to the UK could, it says, destabilise the EU beef market.
Some 34pc of Irish dairy exports go to the UK, including 53pc of Irish cheese exports and 29pc of butter exports. Irish cheddar accounts for 82pc of all the UK's cheddar imports.