British beef and sheep sectors to be hit hard by a no-deal Brexit
The British government is under pressure after the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, admitted that leaving the EU without a deal in place would be bad for both the short and long-term stability of agriculture, informs Farming UK magazine.
"A no-deal Brexit means we would face overall tariff rates of around 11% on agricultural products. But some sectors would be much more severely affected. It’s a grim but inescapable fact that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the effective tariffs on beef and sheep meat would be above 40% - in some cases well above that", confirmed Secretary Gove during the annual Oxford Farming Conference.
According to AHDB's Horizon report, UK is exporting 15% of its beef production and 33% of its lamb. 90% of exports are sent to European consumers. From the Ulster Farmers' Union president point of view, Micael Gove's declaration leaves no doubt about the turbulence that the farming and food industry must expect in a post-Brexit era. "The most immediate threat remains the fallout from a no deal Brexit. We have no doubts that leaving the EU in March without a road map to a trading relationship would be a financial disaster for all farmers in Northern Ireland", commented UFU president, Ivor Ferguson.
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