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Government agencies ‘woefully unprepared for Brexit’ – Cullinane

20 July, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit David Cullinane TD said today that it is outrageous that less than a third of Brexit positions in government agencies have been filled. 

Deputy Cullinane said:

“Brexit is 20 months away and the government still hasn't filled key positions in the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, and government departments to prepare for the event.

“Britain is a significant market for Irish producers, particularly in our Agri-food sector, and is a critical transport line for Irish goods destined for other EU countries. 

“The government needs to work out how exactly the 80 per cent of our road haulage that reaches the rest of the EU via British ports is going to be treated after March 2019

“It needs to work out to protect our Agri-foods industry which is a significant employer in counties where there are few other employment opportunities at the present moment.

“It needs to ensure we have a frictionless border and that special status for the north is achieved, in line with the Dáil motion that was passed in March this year.

“None of this can be achieved without planning and preparation; it will not be achieved while two-thirds of Brexit planning positions are vacant.

“Minister Simon Coveney needs to explain why the government is not taking this issue seriously and leaving the state unprepared for this dramatic and costly eventuality.” 

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