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Business, Enterprise, and Innovation no-deal Brexit legislation ‘copy and paste job’ – Quinlivan

31 January, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD today challenged Minister Heather Humphreys on the emergency legislation the Department of Business is preparing for a no-deal Brexit, with Deputy Quinlivan revealing that the entire business section of the Brexit bill is copy and pasted from a Bill the government were bringing forward regardless, and has not therefore been prepared for the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Speaking in the Dáil this morning, Teachta Quinlivan said;

“Despite Brexit only being 21 Dáil sitting days away, we only got sight of the heads of bill for the Brexit omnibus bill last week.

“It was my understanding that the emergency legislation contained in the Miscellaneous Provisions (Withdrawal of the Britain from the European Union) Bill was urgent new legislation that was being drawn up by the government for a crash out no deal Brexit.

“However, upon examination of the Business, Enterprise and Innovation section of this Bill, it is obvious this section is not new.

“It is in fact, a complete copy and paste job of the Industrial Development (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017, that the Committee on Business got sight of back in October.

“I appreciate these provisions will indeed assist our enterprise agencies in the event of a no deal Brexit, but these amendments to the industrial development acts, weren’t designed and drawn up in the last few months preparing for a hard Brexit, they were in fact on the way regardless.

“This looks like the government trying are trying to pull the wool over our eyes, by copy and pasting legislation that was on the way anyway, into this omnibus Brexit Bill, to bulk it up and make it look like the government are more prepared than they actually are.” 

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