Another Day of Brexit Madness
Another long day of Brexit madness- Manufacturing NI Chief Executive comments on the publication of the "No Deal" papers.
We’ve only seen around a third of the ‘no deal’ papers but what is now clear is the Brexit means bureaucracy and means costs which must be passed on to customers and consumers or firms will go out of business. A quarter of jobs in Northern Ireland are directly and indirectly provided by our manufacturing firms and they work every day to reduce cost and complexity. What has been provided in these papers only makes here a more difficult and less attractive place to do business by doubling up on rules, introducing unwelcome customs costs and everyone, including individuals liable for VAT costs.
The fear was that there was little understanding in Whitehall, now there appears to be little care about how NI businesses actually operate. Advising firms to ‘speak to the Irish’ is extraordinary. The UK government has a responsibility to deliver the Brexit they’ve chosen in a way which does not damage jobs and livelihoods. Only business can make Brexit work so brushing our firms off and telling them to go sort our own problems out by speaking to Dublin is not acceptable.
We’ve had no government here for 541 days as of today. UK Government now say we’ve no real idea what can be done so talk to Dublin. Dublin can’t have us (or want us).