Exactly two weeks after the new trading arrangement between the EU and UK came into effect, the Irish Farmers Journal is hosting a webinar to highlight what is now different about doing business with Britain.

The Irish Farmers Journal are delighted to be joined by two members of Michel Barnier’s negotiating team, including Carol Lynch, partner at BDO, which has been working with clients to get Brexit ready; as well as IFJ Brexit specialist Phelim O’Neill.

The event will be hosted by Irish Farmers Journal editor Justin McCarthy.

Big issue

The big issue in the first two weeks has been importing produce from Britain through Irish ports.

Exports from Ireland to Britain have progressed smoothly so far, no doubt assisted by the seasonally low volumes of traffic and the fact that the UK isn’t imposing border checks until the middle of 2021.

The webinar will hear Carol Lynch report on the experiences of BDO's client companies doing businesses with Britain so far and what lessons have been learned.

Justin McCarthy will chat with Dan Ferrie, Michel Barnier’s official spokesman, about whether any safeguards are in place to protect the value of EU agriculture and what flexibility and amendments can be made through the specialised committees.

As always, we will be looking to the audience joining us online to ask questions, but anyone wanting to get in early can email webinar@farmersjournal.ie or alternatively text or WhatsApp 086-836 6465.

The event starts at 10am on Thursday 14 January and there is no need to pre-register - access is through www.ifj.ie/brexit.