The South Antrim MLA said: “I am confident that the chief veterinary officer from Northern Ireland will put the case forward well that Northern Ireland should be treated differently from Britain. I am assured from the Agricultural Minister Michelle Gildernew that he will have backing from the British and Irish governments.
“There can be no question of any European country discriminating against safe and healthy produce from Northern Ireland. There must be clarification that Northern Ireland was able to cut itself off from the British livestock and produce market before foot and mouth was able to affect our farms.
“The exemption from the ban on British livestock was only done through the quick work from our agricultural officials and I will take this opportunity to thank them again for their good work.”