UKIP candidate for Mid Ulster responds to NIO scaremongering on `Brexit`

Press Release
20/4/16

UKIP candidate for Mid Ulster responds to NIO scaremongering on `Brexit`

Alan Day stated “The NIO says that leaving the EU would affect common travel between yet the Common Travel Area between the UK & Ireland predates the EU . The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has said there would be no change to the current arrangements.

The NIO is scaremongering over trade – a free trade agreement would be agreed. Official DETI figures reveal that 91% of all Northern Ireland trade is either within the UK or with non EU countries. Only 8.8% of all NI trade is with the EU, half of which is with the Republic.”

NFU ignoring their own report

Press Release
21/4/16

NFU ignoring their own report

UKIP candidate for Mid Ulster says NFU ignoring their own report

Alan Day stated “It seems that the NFU has largely ignored their own report. The NFU funded report prepared by economists from Wageningen modelled the farm income effects of three possible trade arrangements that might follow Brexit.

Under a Free Trade Arrangement with the EU, the economists concluded that most farm commodity prices would be improved by 5% (though only by 2% for sheep meat).

In the absence of FTA, the UK Government can apply tariffs to imports at a maximum rate which is set by the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Under this option prices were forecast to rise for all commodities by between 7% (the lowest increase was for eggs) and 11% (the highest increase was for sugar).

In the report’s words: “Price changes due to a Brexit have a positive impact on farm incomes in all sectors under the FTA and WTO-default scenario.”

Lastly the study looked at UK Trade Liberalisation, a scenario based on halving import tariffs. It reports that under this option:

“the UK will see an increase in the producer prices of its main arable crops (except for sugar) and to a lesser extent also for most dairy products, while the prices of sugar and all types of meat will show a net decline.”

The paper then examines the effects of different levels of subsidies byt he UK government – the status quo, a 50% reduction of direct payments and no direct payments. Not surprisingly, the authors discover that lowering direct payments decreases profitability.

Brexit would allow farmers to do better if the Government continues with the current level of area payments and the Government would be better off too. The UK currently contributes an estimated €7.9bn to the CAP budget, from which its farmers receive €3.8bn. The current level of area payments can be retained with a saving of €4.1bn.

“A Brexit would save the UK budget expenditure on agriculture”

Not only this, but it is a certainty that the EU will cut CAP funding in the future which will adversely affect farming incomes.

Ireland would work hard to maintain the Common Travel Area

Press Release
22/4/16
Ireland would work hard to maintain the Common Travel Area

UKIP candidate for Mid Ulster Alan Day has welcomed Irish government commitments to work hard to retain the UK & Ireland Common Travel Area which significantly predates EU membership.

Irish Minister Charles Flanagan says that “the border’s destiny would not be determined by the sole wishes of the Irish and British governments. The outcome would be the result of a wider negotiation involving all of the EU ”

It is with great irony in the centenary year of the 1916 Easter Rising where Irish Nationalists & Republicans have been celebrating Irish Independence that we have the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs freely admitting that the Irish government has given away sovereignty to the undemocratic European Union.

However despite the scaremongering headlines it is good to read in the full statement that “In the event that the UK voted to leave the EU, customs posts would not of course be set up overnight. A negotiation period of two years or more would apply. Ireland would work hard with the UK and with our EU partners to avoid customs posts being established and to preserve the benefits of the Common Travel Area as a whole.”

Ends.

Further info:

Speech by Minister Flanagan on the UK referendum on its EU membership – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
https://www.dfa.ie/news-and-media/speeches/speeches-archive/2016/april/flanagan-speech-uk-referendum/