Thu 15th Nov 2018
Secretary of State business briefing – NI Chamber comment
Secretary of State Karen Bradley delivers a briefing to NI Chamber and its members
Following a briefing delivered by the Secretary of State Karen Bradley to Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and its members this afternoon, John Healy, Vice-President of NI Chamber, said:
“The Secretary of State delivered a briefing to a wide-range of NI Chamber members, incorporating all sectors, with representation from firms across Northern Ireland.
“It is clear that businesses recognise the huge efforts made by the Prime Minister and across government to reach this milestone – and it is NI Chamber’s opinion that any deal is better than no deal for business. However with people’s livelihoods and the future prospects for many companies in the balance, more time is required to deliberate the real-world implications of this agreement over the coming days.
“After two and a half years of uncertainty, businesses need clarity and precision on the specific terms of trade they will face in the future, many of which are still to be agreed. The avoidance of sudden or multiple changes to trading conditions is crucial to business investment and confidence.
“Our members raised a number of questions to the Secretary of State, specifically around migration, VAT, the backstop (and any bureaucracy it may bring), whilst also seeking a guarantee from Government that businesses here will still have unfettered access to the rest of the UK.
“NI Chamber’s priority is to now assess the implications of these proposals, working closely with members over the coming weeks.”