Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon has said the Government must up their game and do more to help businesses prepare for and deal with the impact of Brexit. Deputy Scanlon made his comments on foot of a survey from AIB which reveals that only 8% of SME’s in the Republic have a formal Brexit plan in place.

“Fianna Fáil has from the outset been very vocal about the need for the Government to prepare for all possible Brexit outcomes. Brexit in whatever shape it takes will result in change. In my own constituency there is particular concern within the Agri-food sector. There are significant consequences for this industry in a post Brexit landscape.

“According to the AIB Brexit sentiment survey only 8% of SMEs have a formal Brexit plan in place. I am gravely concerned that our businesses are going to be ill-equipped and ill-prepared, particularly in the event of a no deal Brexit.

“We are less than 50 days away from 29th March and there is no clarity at this juncture about the type of Brexit we are facing on that date. I think Fine Gael presumed that there would be an orderly Brexit with a transition period and so far that has not transpired.

“Other countries, for example such as France and Germany, published their Brexit legislation months ago and we are still waiting for the Government to publish the legislation that will be required here in the event of a no deal Brexit. The reality is we are behind the curve in terms of our preparedness for Brexit.

“Countless surveys and studies have been done about the potential impact of Brexit but there has been little concrete action on foot of these reports. Jobs and livelihoods are at risk in every community in Sligo-Leitrim and the Government must act now to protect them,” concluded Deputy Scanlon.