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Food and drink supply chain seeks assurances on UK-Ireland trade

16th Mar 2017 / By Alistair Driver

The UK food and drink supply chain has come together to call on the Government to make an early agreement on future trade with the Republic of Ireland as Brexit negotiations begin in earnest.

Thirty-five representative bodies from across the supply chain have signed an open letter stressing that a key priority for the sector is to secure tariff-free trade with the EU, which remains our largest external market and our largest source of imported supplies.

They stress that this is of particular importance in the case of Ireland, our only land border with the EU. 

Pork exports to Ireland increased by 8% last year and it remains our highest value pork export market, despite the much-publicised rise in sales to China.

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