Gov­ern­ment de­vis­ing three pronged at­tack to cope with im­pact of Brexit

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

IRE­LAND will im­ple­ment a three pronged ap­proach to Brexit ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter Andrew Doyle.

He said free ac­cess to the UK mar­ket, trade agree­ments and ac­cess to fish­ing zones among ne­go­ti­a­tions

Speak­ing at Food & Drink Busi­ness Europe in The Ci­ty­west Ho­tel last Wed­nes­day the Min­is­ter out­lined the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing a strong re­la­tion­ship in food and drink in­dus­try be­tween Ire­land and the UK. ‘Food and drink con­tin­ues to be the largest in­dige­nous man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try, con­tribut­ing over 26 bil­lion and ex­port­ing to over 180 coun­tries. Last year marked the eighth suc­ces­sive year of value growth of to­tal Ir­ish agri food ex­ports to reach 13.5 bil­lion. The UK re­mains our big­gest mar­ket and ex­ports to the UK last year rose by 7 per cent.’

High­light­ing the chal­lenges Brexit will pose for main­tain­ing Ire­land’s rep­u­ta­tion as a high qual­ity pro­ducer of food and drink prod­ucts, the Min­is­ter out­lined a three pronged ap­proach the Gov­ern­ment is work­ing on as they pre­pare to bear the brunt of Brexit.

‘Brexit re­mains a ma­jor chal­lenge and will be for years ahead as we move our way for­ward. For this rea­son the Gov­ern­ment and the Depart­ment have iden­ti­fied from the out­set that there are key asks un­der ne­go­ti­a­tion that we see as es­sen­tial.

‘They are con­tin­ued free ac­cess to the UK mar­ket with­out tar­iffs and with min­i­mal ad­di­tional cus­toms and ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­ce­dures, min­i­miza­tion of risk from UK trade agree­ments with third coun­tries and the main­te­nance of our cur­rent ac­cess to fish­ing zones and the pro­tec­tion of Ire­land’s quota for joint fish stocks.

‘We recog­nise huge task in­volved but also see enor­mous op­por­tu­nity present in UK mar­kets. The UK is largest ex­ter­nal sup­plier of food and drink to Ire­land and more im­por­tantly we are largest sup­plier to UK and with pop­u­la­tion close to 70 mil­lion.’

Over 2,000 key de­ci­sion mak­ers from Ire­land’s lead­ing food pro­cess­ing, re­tail and food ser­vice in­dus­tries turned out for Food & Drink Busi­ness Europe.

Min­is­ter Andrew Doyle.

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