North/South Ministerial Council: Agriculture

Part of Ministerial Statements – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 12:45 pm on 22nd November 2016.

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Photo of Jim Allister Jim Allister Traditional Unionist Voice 12:45 pm, 22nd November 2016

At the meeting or elsewhere, did the Minister encounter any recognition by the Republic of Ireland that, if they were to permit the EU to erect a hard border — it will be their choice — by the imposition of average CAP tariffs of up to 18%, the biggest loser would be the Irish Republic because of the loss that would then result to its biggest market — GB — and that there would, in fact, be immense opportunity for the agri-food industry in Northern Ireland to fill that gap? Is there recognition by Dublin that they need to protect themselves by ensuring that those in the EU do not insist on a hard border, given that they seem to be the only people talking about one?