Spain’s agri-food sector fears the negative impact of Brexit, in particular for sensitive and key export products like cheese, red wines, and olive oil. Even more so as it is also under pressure by US trade tariff measures, EURACTIV’s partner EFE Agro reported.
The UK market is essential for Spain’s agri-food producers, as Spanish agri-food exports (mainly foods and beverages) to the UK amount to 8 % of the total (4.076 million euros in 2018, according to latest data by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries).
To add more tensions to the already volatile situation, drums of war are rumbling in Spain’s agri-food sector: last week, Spain’s main agriculture trade unions urged the governing coalition of socialists (PSOE) and leftists (Unidas Podemos/United We Can) to take urgent measures to defend the battered sector.
Trade unions ASAJA, COAG and UPA demonstrated in different Spanish regions to showcase the problems faced by the agri-food sector, particularly their serious “lack of profitability”.
Meanwhile, the sector is still healing the deep wounds of the Russian veto to EU agri imports in 2014.
Defending the Spanish agri-food sector in the context of Brexit is essential, not only for Spain but also for the UK: Spain is, along other, UK’s first provider of red fruits (berries and strawberries), kiwis, citrus, vegetables, persimmons and olive oil.