Fri 8th Dec 2017
NI Chamber welcomes negotiations breakthrough in Brussels – and urges swift start to trade talks
Commenting on the news that the UK government and the European Commission have reached a deal to conclude the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, Ann McGregor, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:
“After the noise of recent days, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the ‘sufficient progress’ that has been made in the first phase of the Brexit negotiations.
“Business will particularly welcome the commitment made towards no hard border on the island of Ireland, and they will also be relieved that the UK market, as well as the all island market, will be protected. However there are details that need to be confirmed swiftly in the new year when negotiators move on to the big questions around our future trade relationship with the EU.
“The mutual commitment to a transition period will support business confidence – however answers will be needed on what leaving the EU will mean exactly for regulation, customs, hiring, standards, tariffs and taxes. The job of the UK government and the European Commission now is to provide those answers – and do everything in their power to ensure vibrant trade between the UK, Ireland and other EU countries can continue.
“Finally, one of the biggest priorities for many firms since the EU referendum has been to get clarity and security for their European employees, whose contribution to business is hugely valued. We are delighted that they, as well as UK citizens living and working in the EU, now have more clarity and can plan their future with greater confidence.
“Despite this morning’s agreement, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry would also like to comment that the Brexit negotiations still have a long way to run, and that this is an initial reaction. We will further study this agreement over the course of today and seek reaction from our members.”
For further information please contact:
Head of Communications & Policy
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Tel: 02890 244113 / 07808 789163