Thu 15th Aug 2019
NI Chamber & Members meet with new International Trade Minister
The new Minister of State for International Trade, Conor Burns MP, met with members of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry to hear their concerns at an event hosted by Grant Thornton in Belfast.
Following the meeting, Christopher Morrow, Head of Policy, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, commented:
“At a time of immense change for the UK economy, it is critical that the Government gets its national approach to trade and export right. Businesses here in Northern Ireland have products and services that are second to none, and we welcome this opportunity to meet with the Minister today to discuss the UK’s future plans and what these mean for local businesses exporting in a post-Brexit world.
“Firms here need urgent clarity on exactly what that post-Brexit trading environment will look like. We are seeing an increase in the number of businesses who are preparing for various scenarios – but in too many instances they are preparing for the unknown.
“While there is absolutely no appetite for a no-deal Brexit, companies need to know now what future trade arrangements with significant markets including the EU and United States will look like in the event of no-deal. The provision of additional support with preparation and scenario planning is therefore vital and urgent answers are needed around the areas of trade, people and borders.
“At today’s meeting, we also reiterated that Northern Ireland’s future economic prosperity relies on there being no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, to ensure that firms here can still serve our number one export market.”