Growing evidence suggests Government is ill-prepared for Brexit – Donnelly

Published on: 07 June 2017

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit Stephen Donnelly TD says there is growing evidence which suggest that the Government is ill-prepared for Brexit.

Deputy Donnelly made his comments following the publication of a survey by Love Irish Food which found that 76% of Chief Executives believe the food and drinks industry in Ireland is inadequately prepared to deal with the fallout associated with Brexit.

Deputy Donnelly said, “This survey is another clear indication that the Government is ill-prepared for Brexit and is failing to provide adequate support and resources to the sectors most exposed to the negative effects of Brexit. Brexit is already having an impact on businesses and this survey provides further evidence of this.

“The survey revealed that 89% of food and drinks business leaders had already felt an impact as a result of Brexit, with 33% noting that the impact had been ‘significant’ to date. This follows on from comments made last week by the Irish Exporters Association to the Budgetary Oversight Committee when they stated that Brexit is already hitting Irish exports with the worst yet to come.

“The Government response to date is not only underwhelming but also extremely worrying. It seems that they have not yet grasped the significant negative impact that Brexit is having and will continue to have on our economy. Just last month we learned that only a quarter of State agency posts announced by the Department of Jobs to deal with Brexit had been filled to date. This level of preparedness simply isn’t good enough.

“The Government needs to get its act together on Brexit. Their wait and see approach is reckless as it is failing businesses and the thousands employed within them.”

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