Government devising three pronged attack to cope with impact of Brexit
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.