Refusal to review strategy for agri-food sector in wake of Brexit labelled ‘absurd’
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Charlie McConalogue says it is absurd that the Government has refused to initiate a review of Food Wise 2025 in the wake of the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom.
The 10-year Food Wise 2025 strategy was published in 2015 and sets out the strategic plan for the development of the agri-food sector over the next decade.
Deputy McConalogue said Fianna Fáil believes that the Brexit vote demands an immediate review of the Food Wise 2025 strategy.
“As it stands the targets in the strategy were forecast on the assumption that the UK remains within the European Union.
“A UK exit from the EU represents one of the biggest risks to the Irish agri-food industry since the foundation of the State. Thousands of jobs are set to be impacted by the UK’s decision to leave the EU and it’s important that our strategy for developing the industry takes account of this.
“I have been calling on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to launch a comprehensive review of Food Wise 2025 to consider the new threats that have arisen following the Brexit vote.
McConalogue said “astonishingly the Minister has refused to carry out such a review. In a parliamentary reply to me Minister Creed stated that he sees “no compelling reason at this point to review the strategy”.
“This is an alarming response and indicates that the Government is out of touch when it comes to the threat posed by Brexit,” he said.