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02 October 2019

Brexit proposals fall short of delivering for small businesses

Responding to the release of the UK Government’s Brexit proposals for a revised Northern Ireland/Ireland protocol, FSB NI Policy Chair Tina McKenzie has said the proposals fall well short of working for small businesses.

Commenting, Tina McKenzie said:

“Cross-border trade is a vital component of the Northern Ireland economy, with supply chains straddling the border - many cross-border transactions occur daily and are regarded simply as ‘local’ trade not ‘export’.

“The proposals which have been published by the UK Government fall short of delivering the tariff-free, frictionless trade which our members currently enjoy and want to see maintained.

“While there are mentions of exemptions for small businesses we need to see further detail on how these would practically operate.

“It is crucial that the final Brexit deal delivers for small businesses, by allowing them to continue to prosper and create jobs and wealth in communities.

“We are happy to engage constructively with UK government and the EU to suggest how these proposals can be improved in the coming days and weeks, especially in the absence of Ministers at Stormont to speak up for the needs of local business.”