Sinn Fein’s East Derry Assembly candidate Caoimhe Archibald will host a public information meeting on the ‘Implications of a Brexit for Farming’ on Friday 18th March at 7.00pm in Ballerin GAC Club Hall. Speakers at the meeting include Sinn Féin MEPs Martina Anderson and Matt Carthy, along with Sinn Féin MLA and DARD committee member, Oliver McMullan.
Dr Archibald said, “The possibility of a ‘Brexit’ following the referendum on 23rd June has far reaching consequences. Here in the north, one of the sectors likely to be significantly impacted is the agriculture sector so we are hosting this meeting to provide an overview on the potential implications for the sector.”
“Obviously there is the significant financial contribution that the farming sector here receives from the EU, some €326 million (£250 million) per annum in direct support payments. An alternative subsidisation to replace this on an ‘out vote’, has yet to be articulated. There is also a lack of clarity on what the potential the trade arrangements following a Brexit might be. The farming sector is also impacted by a range of EU legislation, particularly environmental regulations, how might this be affected? And of course there is the issue of free movement of workers, the agriculture sector is supported by many workers from other EU countries who reside here.
“These are just some of the issues that need to be considered and questions that need addressed.
“I am very pleased to have two of our Sinn Féin MEPs: Martina Anderson MEP for the north and Matt Carthy who is the Sinn Féin MEP on the Agriculture Committee in the European Parliament; along with MLA Oliver McMullan who will provide the more local perspective as a member of the DARD committee. It is a strong panel and will be an interesting and informative evening, so I would encourage anyone with an interest to come along.”