Manufacturing, Retail and Hospitality Business Groups Meet Michel Barnier
The Chief Executives of Manufacturing NI, Retail NI and Hospitality Ulster, met the EU Brexit Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier in Newry this afternoon.
In a joint statement Stephen Kelly, Glyn Roberts and Colin Neill said:
"We greatly welcome this opportunity to meet with Michel Barnier to discuss the concerns of our three sectors"
"We've met with politicians from the UK and across the EU and with NI and UK Officials involved in the negotiations but today was the first chance for Michel Barnier and his team to hear directly from Northern Ireland businesses about what Brexit will mean to our industries and firms.
"We stressed to Mr Barnier that there is a need to find a way which ensures no Border in Ireland or between these islands in the interest of our economy and the hundreds of thousands of people across Northern Ireland who work in our businesses"
"During our meeting we make it clear that trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK must remain unfettered regardless of the Brexit agreement outcome"
"Our three groups will be seeking further meetings in London, Dublin and Brussels to ensure our respective members voice is heard during these negotiations"