Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit Stephen Donnelly TD has warned Government that although delivery of Fianna Fáil’s demand for extra Brexit resources is welcome, promises will mean nothing if not matched with delivery.
Budget 2018 included a number of Brexit measures called for by Fianna Fáil. This includes almost doubling the number of staff in state agencies responsible for Brexit, a €300m affordable credit fund for businesses having to adapt to Brexit, a €25m loan scheme to help farmers tackle Brexit challenges, as well as measures to increase the capacity of the Revenue Commissioners and Department of Foreign Affairs.
However Donnelly warned that Brexit budget promises made last year had failed to meet the mark.
Deputy Donnelly said, “Fianna Fáil sought a significant increase in Brexit related funding from Budget 2018, and some of this has been delivered. Fianna Fáil has been particularly vocal on the need for supports for Irish-owned companies and the farming community responding to Brexit threats.
“However these commitments must be followed through on. This year, it was found that the first 6 months saw only one third of the announced Brexit staff in state agencies put into place. With the clock ticking, we cannot afford to continue the laissez faire attitude to preparing Irish businesses to deal with the Brexit challenge.
“On top of the additional measures, the Government must end their domestic political manoeuvring. The news this weekend that a leaked Revenue report which found that an open border would be impossible if the UK leaves the Customs Union have been compounded. It appears now that Ireland will miss out on both the European Medicines Agency and Banking Authority according to reports today, a major blow which is likely to be lost among the furore surrounding the budget.”