Fianna Fail foreboding over Brexit

Plans for agri-food tariffs ‘disastrous.’

Sligo News File.

Fianna Fail claims that plans to introduce new arrangements for the border and tariffs on products being exported from the Republic to Britain will have “massive ramifications on the Republic’s agri-food sector if allowed to be introduced.

“I sincerely hope that this is a provocative attempt to persuade MPs to vote against a no deal scenario when they are asked over the next 24 hours in Westminster,” said a spokesman for the party.

“The EU will obviously have to respond to the plans to allow goods to travel freely between the Republic and Northern Ireland in the short term and the Irish government will have to elaborate on their own plans to respond to this plan. The uncertainty is causing massive anxiety with businesses both North and South and will cost jobs soon if not sorted out.”

The government should publish the likely impact of the tariffs and put a plan in place to respond, the spokesman added.

A Leinster-based farm body has said the consensus among farm organisations is that a no-deal Brexit “would be a disaster.”

The IFA says it would be a “disastrous scenario” if a tariff regime is imposed on Irish food products.