Irish beef exporters voice concerns
For every ten cattle produced in Ireland we can only eat one. A simple fact that means we must export the rest. No wonder then there is increasing anxiety among Irish beef exporters about the potential impact Brexit will have on its multi-billion pound trade with the UK.
The concern, principally around ambiguity over regulatory alignment, is highlighted in the Financial Times which has quotes from a range of exporters as well as the NI Meat Exporters Association. It says “Irish beef exporters remain concerned that the UK might yet seek to enforce different food safety and animal health rules to those of the EU. They fear delays when exporting to the UK, disruption to meat shipments to continental Europe via Britain, and the prospect of having to compete with cheaper imports from the likes of Brazil.”
While the focus of of the beef exporters is protecting trade any move towards divergence in food safety or animal health rules would have the inevitable effect of hardening the border between North and South.