Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit, Mayo TD Lisa Chambers, says she's very concerned that the Irish beef industry could be decimated in a no deal Brexit.
Deputy Chambers made her comments on foot of reports that the UK plan to open their market to South American beef in the event of a no deal Brexit.
The Mayo Fianna Fail TD says the UK is Ireland’s largest export destination for agri-food products with exports valued at €5.2 billion in 2017.
Our beef industry in particular is hugely reliant on the UK market and 48% of all our beef exports went to the UK in 2017.
If in the event of a no deal Brexit, the UK opens its doors to South American beef, Deputy Chambers says this would be a catastrophe for our beef industry and would have a devastating effect on farmers the length and breadth of this country.
With 36 days to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, she believes that at this juncture the risk of a no deal Brexit is a very real possibility.
If this comes to pass and Irish beef is forced to compete in the UK market against cheaper imports from other countries, she fears thousands of jobs will be lost.