Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit Stephen Donnelly TD says contingency planning for all eventualities must be a priority following reports that the Brexit negotiations may not move forward in December as planned.

Deputy Donnelly said, “Reports are emerging that the Brexit talks may be delayed and that the talks on the future relationship scheduled for December may now not happen until 2018. If such reports are true, it reinforces my belief that the Government needs to be preparing for all eventualities and have contingency plans in place.

“We do not want to see the talks fail and we sincerely hope that sufficient progress will be made in order to move the talks forward. However, the Government cannot ignore the warning bells that have been sounded by Michel Barnier and others telling us to prepare contingency plans in the event of the talks collapsing.

“My colleagues and I in Fianna Fáil have been consistently calling on the Government to prepare for all eventualities; to publish the long-promised sectoral response plans and to ensure that comprehensive contingency plans are in place in the event of no deal being reached.

“No one wants to see this happen. We nevertheless need concrete and tangible guarantees from the Government that they are adequately prepared whatever the outcome of the talks.”