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Dairy farmers are alarmed they continue to be left completely exposed to Brexit, according to the president of Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA), Pat McCormack.

"We have been left hoping that the UK House of Commons will pass the deal to save us from the negative consequences and we are now down to days in terms of no-deal crash out.

"The hard facts of the situation are that the primary producer in the agriculture sector is the most exposed individual to the implications of Brexit given that the processors will simply pass on the negatives," he said.

Mr McCormack said such a scenario was entirely unacceptable, adding: "It is about time policymakers woke up to the fact that certain sectors are extremely exposed and opening markets, while welcome, will not solve this massive problem facing us."

ICOS, the umbrella organisation for a host of Irish dairy processors, recently highlighted that should the UK leave the single market and customs union without a trade deal in place, crippling WTO tariffs of up to 80pc could apply to agri-food products.

ICOS said this would destroy the competitiveness of Irish products - especially given the UK's intention to enter trade agreements with other agri-food exporting countries.

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