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"Construction industry no-deal Brexit concerns can't be ignored" - McGuigan

14 January, 2019 - by Philip McGuigan

Sinn Féin infrastructure spokesperson Philip McGuigan has said construction industry concerns of a no-deal Brexit cannot be ignored.

Philip McGuigan said: 

"I share the concerns that many in our construction industry have about the damage a no deal Brexit will have.

“The construction industry is an industry that is crucial to the economy and prosperity of the north and it is clear that any changes to the current free flow of workforce, products, materials and contracts as a result of Brexit will have a negative impact.

"There is currently a seamless flow of industry workforce, building products, materials, contracts and industry qualifications across the island of Ireland and this must be allowed to continue.

“Currently 80 percent of cement used in the construction materials sector in the north is sourced from the south. Think of the impact any delays on the haulage or added restrictions with just this one product. On an island this size the construction industry is interwoven across the island in all aspects.

"Companies from the north have long depended on the ability to win contracts and work in the South, building and maintaining roads as well as other major infrastructure projects. Other firms have been able to supply products.

“It is also well recognised that companies here need to have the ability to employ staff from EU countries as they currently do and we cannot allow any no-deal Brexit to jeopardize this.” 

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