Irish and French farming organisation have said they are at one in supporting European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier and the withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK.
British prime minister Theresa May is expected on Tuesday to try again to win a vote on the withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons.
“We are hugely in support of the EU line and Michel Barnier’s work as chief negotiator,” Irish Farmers’ Association president Joe Healy said on Monday at the end of a bilateral meeting in Dublin with the French farming organisation the FNSEA.
His sentiments were echoed by FNSEA president Christiane Lambert, who was accompanied by her organisation’s vice-president, Henri Brichart; and its director, Arnold Puech d’Alissac.
“No-deal [Brexit] would be very damaging to farmers in France, Ireland and the whole of Europe, as well as for consumers,” said Ms Lambert. “This is why we agree that the EU must stay very firm on the withdrawal agreement. We believe it is important to find a solution.”
Ms Lambert said British politicians continued to debate and fight among themselves.
“The UK must live up to its responsibilities,” she said. “It is up to us to remind them of that in the name of the farmers we represent.