Last Friday AGRO Merchants Group, along with several other local companies, welcomed EU’s Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, the Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and Heather Humphreys TD in the Lough Egish Food Park.
Mr. Barnier visited Lough Egish as part of his visit to Ireland, where he wanted to meet local people and businesses to gain a first-hand insight into how Brexit could potentially affect trade between the UK and EU.
Mr. Barnier emphasized that the goal of his visit was to engage with the local community before he enters negotiations: “I want to listen, to meet the people on the ground, to come into the negotiation having the feet on the ground. I came to this county of Monaghan to listen, not to give solutions.” AGRO operates several facilities and a transport fleet of 250 trucks and 500 trailers in Ireland and Northern Ireland and therefore wanted to have a voice in the important debate.
The UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016 and invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union in 2017, which started the process of UK’s withdrawal. The process is set to be finalized in April 2019, until then, both parties will negotiate the terms of the withdrawal.