Beef concerns over trade deal

Beef concerns over trade deal

Leo Varadkar has said that the Irish beef industry must not be damaged by an EU free trade deal with Mercosur, the South American regional bloc.

Ireland is among 11 countries, led by France, that have written to the European Commission to voice concerns about plans to open up trade with Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The taoiseach told journalists at an EU summit in Tallinn that he would raise the matter personally in a meeting yesterday with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the commission.
Mr Varadkar said that he supported the deal but farmers and animal welfare standards must be protected. “My view is that free trade makes everyone better off.
But it’s not an absolute thing. We have to take care of the beef industry, which could be very exposed depending on the outcome of Brexit,” he said.

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