ICSA president: ‘We cannot wait for others to decide the future of Europe’ after Brexit vote

ICSA president: ‘We cannot wait for others to decide the future of Europe’ after Brexit vote

Farmers are urging the Government to be more proactive in negotiations with the European Union following the UK's vote for the leave the EU.

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) has said the talks could lead to significant cuts to CAP payments and the number of EU commissioners.

It is concerned that farmers here will suffer as a direct result of Brexit.

The organisation is calling on the Irish Government to highlight concerns of the agriculture sector in particular during the course of the talks.

ICSA president Patrick Kent has said “lessons from this need to be learned” from the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

“There is every danger that various proposals on the future direction of Europe will now emerge, some of which will be very detrimental to our interests and some which will push the EU in a direction that Ireland does not want,” said Kent.

“We also need to highlight the reasons for unhappiness amongst farmers. Many British farmers voted leave and the lessons from this need to be learned.

“Key issues are that while the CAP provides support, it also comes with too much red tape and it does not tackle the squeeze on margins. A good start would be for the Taoiseach to immediately rebuff the comments of the German Vice Chancellor regarding CAP.

“We cannot wait for others to decide the future of Europe nor can we stand back from ensuring that the EU/ UK negotiations are sensitive to the special position of Ireland.”

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