McDonald criticises Govt’s preparedness for Brexit as Rosslare Europort customs facility construction set to take two years

Published on: 17 January 2019

Wexford Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate, Cllr. Lisa McDonald has said that with just 71 days until Brexit becomes a reality for us all, she is deeply worried at the poor level of domestic preparedness here in Ireland, and in particular at Rosslare Europort.

“While we don’t know how the political negotiations in Westminster will go, we do know that Ireland’s preparedness is behind schedule.

“At Rosslare Europort, we know that the promised customs facility will not be up and running by the time March 29th comes around. It is expected that it will take at least two years, with some saying three years, for the facility to be constructed.

“70% of the goods being transported through Rosslare is either agricultural or food produce, and that will have to be checked.

“I am aware that 20 customs officers have been recruited with a view to operating out of Rosslare, but in the event of a hard, disorderly Brexit, this number will have to rise significantly.

“Yet the question needs to be asked: where will they be working if this facility is not up and running?

“Additionally, the existing road and motorway leading to the Europort must be upgraded as a matter of priority.

“Fianna Fáil has been supportive of the Government in terms of its negotiating position, as part of the EU, with the united Kingdom.

“We have, however, consistently, critiqued the Government on its level of domestic readiness, and the fact that Rosslare Europort will not be operation for a number of years to come, underscores how ill-prepared we, as a country, are to deal with Brexit and its consequences,” concluded McDonald.

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