Dodds – Dairy industry should pressure EU for deal

07 October 2019

DUP MEP for Northern Ireland Diane Dodds has encouraged the dairy industry to press Dublin and Brussels to work for a sensible deal as the UK exits the EU.

Diane Dodds MEP

Member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Substitute member of the EU Fisheries Committee

Diane Dodds

Mrs Dodds said,

“I have been working with the dairy industry.  We are very aware of their concerns.  I have encouraged them to press Dublin and Brussels to lift their ‘not an inch’ approach to the negotiations and work constructively for a deal.

For our part, we want to see a deal.  Our agri-food sector is one of the principle drivers.  That’s why we supported the Prime Minister in placing a reasonable and fair deal on the table last week. Its not everything of our choosing but it is a sensible route.

In 2016, 34% of all Irish dairy exports were destined for the UK market. The UK has already issued a very generous tariff scheme for a no deal scenario which would ensure no tariffs between Northern Ireland and the RoI. If the EU/Irish government will not respond on a reciprocal basis then there needs to be equivalent tariffs on RoI product going into the UK market.”

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