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Government failing miserably to prepare for Brexit - Peadar Tóibín TD

28 October, 2016

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has today criticised the government for failing miserably to prepare for the challenges Ireland faces in relation to Brexit.

Speaking from Leinster House today, Deputy Peadar Tóibín said;

"As we approach the cliff that is Brexit, the government has yet to formulate a clear set of objectives for Ireland.  Fine Gael has still not set out what they want from north-south trade, cooperation and movement of people. They have not created the detail either on east-west trade, cooperation and movement of people. 

"Enterprise Agencies have not been provided with adequate supports & resources to deal with the current crisis in the business sector. Shockingly, Enterprise Ireland has a Brexit Unit staffed by only two people. Significant lines of credit have not been created to support businesses battling with a 30% currency shift. And a functioning export reorientation programme has not been developed for indigenous businesses.

"All we have seen so far is vague intentions to be pursued after Britain decides what it seeks.

"No effort has been been made to initiate negotiations with Britain in an effort to shape the outcome of their deliberations. It is in infuriating that Fine Gael will only seek to take this step after Britain nails down its position and future direction with the Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty, going as far as to falsely state that such an activity would be illegal.   

"Given Ireland’s location, trade proportions and the history of the six counties we are faced with very particular difficulties when it comes to Brexit. In light of this reality you would imagine that significant energy would have been expended visiting the capitals of the EU member states in an effort to shape each country’s approach. Unfortunately, this is another initiative that has not happened."


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