Retail NI welcomes Brexit deal

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Friday, December 8th, 2017

Retail NI has welcomed this morning’s Brexit deal in Brussels and urged local political leaders to urgently begin talks to restore the Assembly and Executive.

Speaking to Newry Times, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said, “No borders on the island of Ireland or in the Irish Sea were the bottom line in our presentation yesterday to the House of Commons Brexit Select Committee.



“We are pleased that this is an essential part of this deal. Retail NI wants to see the UK having EU regulatory convergence as the only sure way of avoiding borders anywhere in these islands.

“The UK should stay in the Customs Union and Single Market for a two year transition and a wider UK and EU Customs agreement thereafter.



He continued, “This deal provides the basis for that type of arrangement and will give the local business community greater clarity and confidence.

“A key action point arising from this agreement is to have a functioning Assembly and Executive able to engage in the Brexit process.



“As a matter of urgency the political parties need to start talks to restore the institutions and to do the job they are elected to do.

Roberts added, “Now more than ever we need the Executive restored and to have local Ministers ensuring Northern Ireland’s voice is heard loud and clear in these challenging times ahead.”


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