Union tackling Brexit issues

Wesley Aston,  Chief Executive, UFU with Keith Agnew, President, NIGTA. Wesley was the guest speaker at the NI Grain Trade quarterly meeting. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Wesley Aston, Chief Executive, UFU with Keith Agnew, President, NIGTA. Wesley was the guest speaker at the NI Grain Trade quarterly meeting. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Wesley Aston, Chief Executive of the Ulster Farmers’ Union was the speaker at the quarterly lunch of the NI Grain Trade Association. He pointed out that the UFU had taken on two new members of staff in order to focus on Brexit.

He outlined the expected political process around Brexit and the need for Northern Ireland’s voice to be heard clearly during the negotiations.

He also detailed the key issues which had to be addressed on trade, the Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland border, direct support, labour and regulation and gave an update on the UFU’s intended action plan to progress these issues, particularly around direct support with a view to reaching a single, common position locally with the wider agri-food industry and environmental organisations.