Despite expressing the shock being felt by many at the decision of over half of the British electorate to vote to leave the European Union on Thursday 23 June, Rowena Dwyer, chief economist with the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), says the decision has been taken now and there is "no point in lamenting it".

At the IFA's Brexit briefing earlier this month, Dwyer highlighted the figures that would become all-important in case of a Brexit. For example, the value of Irish beef exports in 2015 was €1.1bn (accounting for 50% of Ireland’s total beef exports), the value of Irish dairy exports was €1bn and the value of Irish pigmeat exports to the UK market was €350m.