A fair way forward for farmers
Brexit represents one of the biggest ever risks to farmers and the agrifood sector since the foundation of the State. The agrifood sector amounts to over 250,000 jobs in rural communities and is the most exposed area. 35% of all Irish food exports were exported to the UK in 2017 – accounting for €4.5 billion in value.
Alarmingly, the food & beverage sector has almost 80% of its employment based outside of Dublin. As one of the most exposed sectors, any impact from Brexit will have strong regional employment consequences.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to offset the effects of Brexit
A national response
A national response to a national challenge, including ensuring the State agencies and representative groups have sufficient staff and funding to tackle Brexit.
Northern Ireland to be afforded special status, to include an option for it to remain in the Customs Union, Single Market and CAP.
Review of state aid rules
EU agreement for the review of state aid rules for enterprises and establishment of an Enterprise Stabilisation Fund.
Protect against market disturbances
Use of common market measures in CAP providing for exceptional financial aid measures against severe market disturbances.
Assist market access
Increased resources for Market Access Unit in Department of Agriculture to enable new exports markets to be opened for Irish food and drink products.