Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit, Lisa Chambers TD, has said that there are serious gaps in preparations for Brexit, particularly in terms of the number of businesses registered for an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number.
Deputy Chambers made her comments on foot of data received by way of parliamentary question which revealed that over 65,000 businesses have not registered with Revenue for an EORI. An EORI number is the minimum requirement for businesses that wish to trade with, or through, the UK following their departure from the EU.
She said, “The fact that 65,400 businesses that trade with the UK have not registered for an EORI number is very concerning. It is evident that the Government’s strategy in terms of encouraging and supporting businesses to prepare for Brexit is falling considerably short of what is required.
“Two Brexit deadlines have passed; March 29th and April 12th, but it would be gravely erroneous to assume that an extension will be granted or indeed sought by the next Prime Minister beyond October 31st. Boris Johnson himself said that if he becomes the next Prime Minister the UK will leave the EU on October 31st deal or no deal.
“Yesterday’s Summer Economic Statement underscores that if a no deal Brexit comes to pass it will have very serious repercussions for Ireland with the potential for thousands of job losses. The Government’s preparations have been below par to date and their message that businesses need to prepare for all Brexit scenarios has clearly not had the desired impact.
“They are running out of road and time to get this right. It is essential that they redouble their efforts to ensure that businesses are adequately prepared for one of the gravest threats that this State has ever faced,” concluded Deputy Chambers.