President of the European Dairy Association (EDA), Michel Nalet, acknowledged the efforts made by both negotiation teams in Brexit to come to a withdraw agreement.
Speaking at the Annual Convention of the EDA in Dublin yesterday, Nalet welcomed the news that both sides reportedly reached a deal.
EU Dairy Industry
“The European dairy industry is integrated across borders. This is especially true for the island of Ireland but applies also to the rest of Europe. We, therefore, welcome the news that the UK and EU negotiators have reached a deal on the withdrawal agreement and on the political declaration on the future relationship between the EU and UK,” he said.
“We have consistently called for both sides to avoid a no deal situation and to ensure the closest possible future trading relationship. We now look to EU and UK leaders to sign off the agreement as quickly as possible to allow the EU and UK parliaments to ratify.”
Nalet added that it is in the interest of the dairy industry, and of the citizens, in the Union as well as in the United Kingdom, that this withdrawal agreement secures the free movement of milk and dairy products between the UK and the EU.
The EDA highlighted that there are 700,000 dairy farmers across the EU, with 12,000 milk and processing sites, and more than 300,000 people working in the sector.
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