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Brexit: Dairy Council NI boss in call for 'political' trade decision

Farmers risk losing £200m from exports from the Republic without a special deal

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Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston

A dairy boss has called for a "political decision" so that farmers here can continue benefiting from the export of products made with their milk from the Republic at the end of the Brexit transition period.

Mike Johnston, the NI Dairy Council's chief executive, said the trade is worth around £200m a year to its dairy farmers. But he said that after the end of the transition period in 44 days time, Northern Ireland will no longer have access to the trade as farmers will not be able to avail of the EU's Free Trade Agreements.


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