Sinn Féin meets French farm lobby after hard border call
Concerns surrounding the potential impact of Brexit on the Irish border and the agriculture industry have been relayed to French farm lobby group representative Damien Prevost during a meeting with Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy.
Prevost is the French Chamber of Agriculture’s representative in Brussels and Carthy sought the meeting following comments from another representative of the lobby group last month which called for a hard border in Ireland after Brexit.
Christophe Hillairet, a regional president of the French Chamber of Agriculture, called for a hard border in Ireland after Brexit to stop UK imports of food from other third countries finding their way into the EU.
In a statement after the meeting, Carthy said: “I relayed to him [Prevost] the concerns of Irish agriculture and the need for an open border to maintain long established and crucial trading and processing routes on the island. I was happy to explain the outworking of the all-Ireland agricultural system currently in place.”
The Midlands North West MEP said that both French and Irish farmers shared concerns about potential cheap food imports into the UK after Brexit. “I am confident that our dialogue will lead to a re-think on the part of French farm interests,” Carthy added.