Varadkar commits to put agriculture top of Brexit agenda
Leo Varadkar has outlined some key policy ideas which he would like to see implemented should he elected leader of Fine Gael and Taoiseach.
Mr Varadkar who currently is in pole position to become leader, today published 'Taking Ireland Forward', his policy and ideas paper which sets out a vision for Ireland.
Among the key elements of the document in relation to agriculture Varadkar said he would the unique difficulties of agriculture and food sector will be top of Brexit agenda.
Critical for Ireland’s trading relationship with the UK, he said he would support an EU-Britain Free Trade Agreement.
Varadkar also committed in his manifesto to prioritise the protection of the Basic Payments Scheme and agri-environmental schemes.
Tax cuts will also be part of his reign as Taoiseach, with marginal rates to be cut. He said nobody should be paying 50 cents on every €1 they earn.
Meanwhile, Simon Coveney in his policy document sets out to resolutely defend the interests of vital national industries such as agriculture, fisheries and food during future Brexit opportunities, while also taking full advantage of the new opportunities which Brexit presents both at home and abroad.
Mr Coveney also says that as a former Minister for Agriculture he has considerable experience negotiating complicated deals within a European context.