West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

'Brexit' decision could have potentially disastrous consequences for local farmers-Sinn Féin

Published: 25 June, 2016

Sinn Féin West Tyrone councillors say that 'Brexit' will have major and potentially disastrous consequences for local farmers.

Omagh Sinn Féin Cllr Frankie Donnelly,

"There is massive shock and great uncertainty for the future among the local farming community following this disastrous 'Brexit' decision.

"Currently CAP accounts for 82% of farm income across the north representing an estimated £3bn in aid in the period covering 2014-2020.

Given that successive British governments have tried to reduce and withdraw subsidies, we have absolutely no faith that the British government will replace the funding from Europe which could now be lost.

Re-enforcing these expressions of concern, Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire said,

"Over and above CAP funding there is also, through Structural and Peace Funding, an estimated 30,000 jobs across the north supported by EU funding with rural areas benefiting more proportionately from these per capita.

"Also one third of agriculture/agri-food exports are from the north to south and this Brexit decision has massive implications for the free movement of trade and goods.

"Following this move by a narrow-minded section of the British Tory party to drag us out of the European Union and its profound implications for us all on this island, we need to see the Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen stand up for our farmers and work with her counterpart in Dublin and in the European institution to intensify the building of the all-Ireland agriculture/agri-food sector for the benefit of all our farmers across this island.