A delegation of SDLP representatives
has met with Irish Agriculture Minister Michael Creed TD amid concerns for
the all-island agri-food industry.
Speaking after the meeting, SDLP Rural
Affairs Spokesperson Patsy McGlone said, “We had a positive meeting today
with Irish Agriculture Minister Michael Creed TD on a range of cross-border
issues primarily focussing on Brexit.
“It’s clear that the Irish Government
has already undertaken an in-depth cross sector consultation with agri-food
producers and businesses across the island. That was reflected in Minister
Creed’s understanding of the critical importance of maintaining an all
“We were reassured to hear the
Minister confirm that the government will not resile from the spirit of the
framework agreement reached at the end of phase 1 of the Brexit negotiations
which commits the British Government to regulatory alignment with the rules
of the Single Market which support North-South cooperation. Whatever the
internal machinations of the British Conservative party, the spirit of that
agreement cannot be compromised.
“We will continue to have close
contact with Minister Creed as negotiations continue and we’ll continue to
press for continued access to the Single Market and Customs Union as the
best answer to the challenges Brexit poses."