Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Lisa Chambers has responded to the plans to introduce new arrangements for the border and to impose tariffs on products being exported from the Republic to the United Kingdom.

Deputy Chambers explained, “This plan will have massive ramifications on the Republic’s Agri-food sector if allowed to be introduced. I have been contacted by members in the farming community in County Mayo who have grave concerns with proposed tariffs.

“The EU will obviously have to respond to the plans to allow goods to travel freely between the Republic and Northern Ireland in the short term and the Irish government will have to elaborate on their own plans to respond to this plan.

“Given the prominence of the Agri-sector in our constituency we are particularly vulnerable to these proposed tariffs. At present, it is causing much concern in farming communities across the county.

“The Taoiseach stated last week that Ireland is the most prepared country in Europe when it comes to Brexit. He also promised to give us the latest figures for the levels of preparedness amongst business which go beyond the number of inquiries made. The government needs to publish these figures and needs to outline immediately the full details on levels of preparedness.

“We were previously told that the government has studied in detail the implications of different scenarios.  The government should, without delay, publish the likely impact of these new tariffs and put a plan in place to protect farmers in County Mayo” concluded Deputy Chambers.