Ireland and UK both preparing for possible ‘no deal’ Brexit
Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime Minister has said that Ireland needs to up its contingency plans for the potential of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. Ireland’s deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney presented a paper to his Irish cabinet colleagues highlighting the plans the government was making to prepare for the potential ‘no deal.’
The Irish government must begin to act on its contingency plans, beginning with the recruitment of customs, veterinary and health officers at Irish ports.
"It means putting in place infrastructure at our ports and airports, in Dublin and Rosslare," Mr. Varadkar said. He continued stating that "firms who don't have action plans should develop action plans, and those who have action plans should begin to implement them."
"We are actively preparing for that... to ensure if necessary that we will be ready by March 29 for Britain to leave without a deal."
"We currently have a recruitment process in place for extra customs officials, based on that we need to have them in place in two years' time…. This, of course, would have to be fast-tracked… We will need more Department of Agriculture and Department of Health inspectors for sanitary inspections at ports and airports…. There is practical preparation already underway and this would have to be significantly accelerated."
According to Ibec, Ireland’s largest business group, the majority of their members have contingency plans in place.
Chaos in Westminster
According to a statement from the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) “businesses have been watching in horror as politicians have focused on factional disputes rather than practical steps.”
The BCC went on to voice its serious concerns with the situation, stating that “with just 100 days to go, the suggestion that ‘no-deal’ can be ‘managed’ is not a credible proposition,”
With the UK due to leave the EU in a little over three months, the EU is in the process of announcing the impacts that a ‘no deal’ Brexit will have across a range of industries.
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care commented that there were plans to store six weeks of stockpiled medicines for the NHS in preparation for a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
It’s looking very likely that businesses in the UK will have to deal with new customs costs and tariffs. Supply chains will be drastically affected by delays at ports. The disruption caused by a ‘no deal’ will affect all industries.
The BCC has called on MPs to listen to its constituents and ensure a deal is reached.
“This is not where we should be,” it added. “We hope that they will listen and remember that when they return to parliament, the future course of our economy will be in their hands.”
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