DIRECTOR GENERAL JOHN MCGRANE: “While ‘no deal’ planning is necessary at this stage, this should not be the objective for this process. Businesses on both islands want to see an orderly Brexit take place”

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has warned of the dangers a ‘no deal’ Brexit will have for business and trade between the UK and Ireland.

Speaking after the European Commission published its Brexit contingency notices, Director General of the British Irish Chamber, John McGrane said:

“We now have only 100 days left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU. This week we have seen a ramping-up of ‘no deal’ preparations from both the European Commission and the UK Government.

“With the Irish Government due to tell us tomorrow its plans for a ‘no deal’, it is important for businesses to speak out and warn of the dangers of a ‘no deal’ and implore that this does not become the objective for Brexit.

“The uncertainty that businesses are facing has meant that many have already started implementing costly Brexit plans to try and insulate themselves from the effects of a potential ‘no deal’. While this is a prudent move, it is at the cost of other business operations.

“We acknowledge the range of supports already available through Irish Government and State Agencies and we encourage businesses to avail of these while we await further clarification on the government’s plans.

“Notices already published by both the UK and the European Commission are proof that a ‘no deal’ scenario will have very serious and real impacts on how we do business and trade. Today’s publication for instance has shown that full customs and regulatory checks will come into play at the border if there is no deal – this will have a significant cost for businesses. Services trade will also be significantly disrupted.

“The British Irish Chamber would like to re-issue its appeal to MPs in Westminster to support the Withdrawal Agreement when it comes before them next month. With no other options currently on the table, ratification is the best way to ensure that Brexit happens in an orderly manner and to protect business, the economy and the jobs they sustain.”