Brexit border, let alone duties 'extremely harmful' for Irish dairy industry - Report
A new report has highlighted the severe impact Brexit could have on the Irish dairy industry.
Eucolait, an organisation representing the dairy trade believes that the UK leaving the EU will cause great damage, economic and otherwise, to both the Union and the United Kingdom.
It highlights that the impacts of Brexit will not be felt to the same degree across Europe, with Ireland being the Member State most affected.
Looking at dairy trade, it says Ireland is both the main supplier and customer of the UK.
Also the Eucolait report notes that politically the divorce will be very complex not least due to the Good Friday agreement and the specific nature of the bo rder separating Northern Ireland from the Republic (future EU external border vs common travel area) .
"In this context, we would like to highlight the huge volumes of raw milk crossing the border from the UK to Ireland every day to be processed there: a bout 800 million litres in 2016 , corresponding to some 12 % of Ireland’s milk production pool.
"Moreover, 75 % of the processing facilities in Northern Ireland are fully or jointly owned by Irish cooperatives .