Tuesday May 26, 2020

Brexit may put beef farmers on the chopping block

Around 40 per cent of exported Irish beef ends up in Britain, but farmers face a huge financial loss in the event of a no-deal scenario

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

17th March, 2019
Anti-Brexit protests: Irish TDs have watched the actions of the British House of Commons with ‘profound frustration and sadness’ Picture: Getty

This is a worrying time for farmers in a country which is the fifth biggest beef exporter in the world. Some 90 per cent of the 1.75 million cattle slaughtered here each year are exported – and roughly 40 per cent of that exported beef goes to Britain.

The suggested beef tariffs of 53 per cent announced by the British government last week in the event of a no-deal Brexit would cost an estimated €440 million. That is...

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