Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Implications of Brexit for Agriculture Sector: Discussion
Ms Maree Gallagher:
I think so. The approach has been that it will be all right and that matters will resolve themselves. However, as we get closer to the end of this process, it appears that the big retail customers in the UK are suddenly realising that they need to think about the situation and that perhaps it will not be okay. There is more engagement between trading partners than has been the case previously. In my day job, I have seen that in the pharma and other sectors which began their processes a lot earlier than the food sector. The food companies and the retailers in the UK appear to be becoming more engaged with the process. I do not think their level of preparedness is anywhere near where we are and there has been an approach that it will all work out, that everything will be find and that it will be all right on the night.
Mr. Lynam, our head of sectoral policy, spends a considerable amount of time in the UK and engaging with the UK Government and with businesses. If I may, I will ask him to speak.