EU referendum: Being dragged out of the EU will have major complications for farmers - McMullan

Oliver McMullan.
Oliver McMullan.
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Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said being dragged out of the European Union will have major complications for farmers.

The East Antrim MLA said: “Following the move by a narrow-minded section of the British Tory party to drag us out of the European Union, there is widespread concern and fear among the farming community.

“Successive British governments have tried to reduce and withdraw subsidies and Brexit will only make matters worse. Our farmers receive vital support from the EU, Brexit will put all that in jeopardy.

“I have absolutely no faith that the British government will replace the funding from Europe which could now be lost.

“Following the Remain vote in the North there is now a democratic imperative for a referendum on the border,” he added.

“We also need to see the agriculture minister standing up for our farmers and working with her counterpart in Dublin and also in the European institutions.

“We need to continue build to the all-Ireland agriculture sector, working with others, for the benefit of all our farmers.”