Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit Lisa Chambers TD has welcomed Brexit initiatives announced in Budget 2019 but has warned that announcements must be followed by delivery.
Deputy Chambers said, “I have been consistently calling on the government to increase its preparedness for Brexit and I therefore welcome the particular focus on Brexit in this Budget. The additional funding allocated to the Department of Agriculture is much needed, as are resources for the provision of additional staff and investment in IT, infrastructural and operational resources in Revenue.
“These are welcome measures which I and my Party have been calling for but I am cognisant that whilst announcements are all well and good they must be followed by delivery. In last year’s Budget the government announced a €25m low cost loan scheme for farmers and fishermen but that scheme has not even come on stream yet and it is not due to open until next year. This is putting people working in the agri and fishing sectors under extreme pressure, especially with the Brexit deadline only a few months away.
“The UK is due to leave the EU on the 29th March 2019 and we need to be adequately prepared whatever the outcome. I believe the government has been far too slow in acknowledging what is coming down the tracks. I hope Budget 2019 represents a step-change in terms of the pace and depth of government’s preparedness and contingency planning”.