The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the movement of goods, and access to labour across the border, after Brexit are key concerns for farmers and dairy processors.
It took this message to Brussels this week, when it met senior dairy officials in the European Commission. UFU dairy chairman, William Irvine said afterwards that Northern Ireland’s unique situation and the complexities of what will be a land border between the UK and EU are well recognised.
“A large number of dairy farmers here are members of co-ops in the South. Clearly, there are strong links between farmers here and processors south of the border, and indeed vice versa. This applies to other sectors as well as dairy, and we were encouraged that the will seems to exist in Brussels for a soft border,” he explained.
Trade after Brexit was also on the agenda, with the focus on the importance of minimising barriers.