The Roscommon/ Galway TD said that Brexit is one of the biggest challenges that we have ever faced as a State, and reinterated that there is much evidence that a hard Brexit could potentially have disastrous implications for Ireland.
“The UK is traditionally our largest trading partner and our countries trade approximately €1.2 billion in goods and services on a weekly basis,” he said.
He said that whilst all countries stand to be affected by Brexit, Ireland will be affected more than any other EU member State.
“Brexit poses major risks to farmers, exporters and agri-food jobs as 37% of all Irish food exports are exported to the UK with half of our beef exports and one quarter of our dairy exports going to the UK.
“With almost 80% of its employment outside Dublin, the sector supports 270,000 jobs in rural communities and this is particularly true in the Roscommon/Galway area,” added Deputy Murphy.