In reaction to last night’s meeting between Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove and the vice-president of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic about post-Brexit trade rules in Northern Ireland, James Barnes, Chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association said:

“The HTA welcomes recognition by both the UK Government and the European Commission of the need to address all outstanding issues and to find workable solutions, particularly for movement of plants and seeds from GB to Northern Ireland. However, every week lost in finding pragmatic political and practical solutions is causing immense damage to businesses and consumer choice alike. We need to see a reciprocal arrangement on the removal of prohibitions for our industry, not a long-winded official application process”.

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