The extent to which Brexit is going to pose challenges for farmers on both sides of the Irish Sea is becoming clearer. A report released last week by Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII) put the value of agri food traded across the Irish Sea at €9bn per annum. Irish trade to the Britain stood at €4.4bn – or 41% of our total food and drink exports – while British imports to Ireland total €3.5bn per annum, with NI-ROI trade accounting for the remainder.

Any disruption to the free flow of goods caused by the UK’s decision to leave the EU single market and customs union will ultimately be detrimental to farmers on both sides of the Irish Sea.