The Irish Farmers Association has said that all beef imports into the European Union should be “suspended immediately” in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The IFA President, Tim Cullinan, said that the Mercosur Trade Agreement – which would allow for the import of large volumes of beef into the EU – should also be suspended in the event of a no-deal.
He said that the export of beef to the United Kingdom could be severely impacted by tariffs if there is a no-deal.
Mr Cullinan told the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee that he would be very concerned that the UK could do a deal in beef imports with a third country in the event of a no-deal.
by Fran McNulty