Tue 23rd Jul 2019
NI Chamber comments on announcement of Boris Johnson as new Prime Minister
Responding to the announcement of the new British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Ann McGregor, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:
“The new Prime Minister takes up office at a time of deep frustration for the business community. Industry leaders will therefore look to Mr Johnson for support on business and the economy as we traverse the most significant period of change and uncertainty the United Kingdom has faced in a generation.
“Companies want to see a pro-business approach from the offset. Specifically, he must deliver a sensible and pragmatic plan to break the Brexit impasse, demonstrating that the new government is fully committed to avoiding a messy and disorderly exit on 31 October. Whilst there is absolutely no appetite for a no-deal exit, the government must simultaneously step-up and provide businesses with the urgent support they need to plan for all scenarios.
“At a time when business confidence is low, the new Prime Minister must also take immediate steps to inject momentum and confidence into the UK economy, working with businesses over the coming weeks and months to create the best possible environment for long-term growth.
“In Northern Ireland, a firm commitment to restoring the power sharing institutions at Stormont would also be warmly welcomed. While businesses here face one of the most uncertain periods in history, the protracted absence of a functioning executive further compounds their unique challenges. As a matter of priority, Mr Johnson must do everything possible to see the institutions restored.
“The stakes are high – and swift and decisive action is needed.”