Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Recent Developments on Brexit: Statements
This morning, Britain's Conservative Government announced its tariff plan, to be implemented in the event of a no-deal Brexit. It included tariffs on shoes, some clothing items, cars, beef, dairy, etc. Beef imports are to be hit with tariffs of 7% and cheddar cheese will have a tariff of £20 per 100 kg. The Minister of State said the tariffs would be absolutely disastrous for Irish agriculture. In Washington only a short time ago, the Taoiseach spoke in terms of providing seriously increased state aid for agribusiness. I am in favour of state aid to save jobs - there are 300,000 jobs in Irish agribusiness - but I am not in favour of bailing out some of the wealthiest business people in this country. I am talking about men such as the Queally brothers who are the co-founders of Dawn Meats, the 71st largest company in the State, and the company that handles 20% of Irish beef. Those brothers have a combined wealth of €295 million.