Might to satisfy Northern Eire companies at Downing Avenue over her draft Brexit deal


Round 60 Northern Eire employers and enterprise teams have been invited to satisfy Prime Minister Theresa Might in Downing Avenue as we speak to debate the draft EU withdrawal settlement.

The delegation, which was contacted by Quantity 10 earlier this week, largely includes particular person companies, however round 20 enterprise teams are additionally anticipated to attend.

Among the delegation will even meet with Labour front-benchers as we speak.

Nevertheless, it’s understood Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn is not going to be current, owing to a previous engagement in Wales.

The go to comes because the chasm between the DUP and the our bodies representing Northern Eire’s companies continued to widen this week.

It additionally comes towards the backdrop of the announcement of just about 500 jobs misplaced at Bombardier in Belfast. Over the summer time the aerospace producer had urged {that a} ‘no-deal’ Brexit would prices it tens of tens of millions of kilos.

East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has accused enterprise leaders of being “puppets” for the NIO.

However Gordon Greatest, the top of the Quarry Merchandise Affiliation NI, stated: “We’re definitely not puppets for others; we consider and risk-assess any threats to our trade and financial system.”

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Stephen Kelly of Manufacturing NI stated enterprise our bodies have been searching for a sit-down with the Prime Minister for various weeks.

He stated Downing Avenue had reached out to the varied enterprise our bodies earlier this week.

“Over the past month or so we now have been asking the Cupboard Workplace for a gathering with the Prime Minister in order that we will stress to her the significance of reaching an settlement with the EU on the withdrawal,” he added.

He stated the delegation will comprise a spectrum of companies, together with agri-food, logistics, retail and manufacturing corporations.

Roger Pollen, from the Federation of Small Companies in Northern Eire, stated: “Our goal for the go to is to get some perspective from the Prime Minister on how she sees the trail forward, by way of getting Parliamentary approval for the draft withdrawal settlement.

“We additionally hope to get some readability round how the backstop, if it had been carried out, would function virtually. This would come with each making certain that regulatory checks don’t negatively affect our members, but in addition how Northern Eire may have the ability to affect EU rules to which we might be topic.

“Above all, we want to stress to the Prime Minister the significance of making certain a withdrawal settlement is authorized, so corporations have time to regulate to regardless of the future relationship could also be, and {that a} chaotic, cliff-edge Brexit may be prevented.”

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DUP chief Arlene Foster stated yesterday that she wish to meet the enterprise our bodies “in the event that they need to meet me”.

The BBC reported that the DUP had requested the NI Chamber of Commerce to arrange a gathering with such teams on Monday to debate the draft Brexit deal.

Among the many teams which see Mrs Might’s withdrawal settlement as the easiest way ahead are the Confederation of British Trade in Northern Eire, the NI Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Companies and the Institute of Administrators.

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has additionally indicated its help, because it believes a no-deal situation would “decimate” agriculture in Northern Eire.

Final night time Mrs Foster stated that not each enterprise agreed that the Prime Minister’s plan represented the easiest way ahead.

The Fermanagh MLA stated she wished to interact with enterprise subsequent week “round labour coverage” and “how we’re going to cope with the brand new immigration system which the House Secretary goes to herald”.

“He is bringing in that new labour system and immigration system no matter whether or not there is a deal or whether or not there’s not a deal,” she stated.

“So we have to discuss that, and I am hoping to interact with these individuals subsequent week.”

Mrs Foster claimed she had met a businessman who employs 300 individuals and has a turnover of £70m who’s “completely outraged” by the withdrawal settlement.

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She additionally posted {a photograph} on Twitter of herself with David Boyd, a director of Rockabill NI, the biggest prawn processor in western Europe and a neighborhood subsidiary of Dublin seafood firm Rockabill Group.

Mrs Foster tweeted: “Helpful spherical of conferences as we speak with Northern Eire enterprise homeowners together with businessman David Boyd from Rockabill NI. Actual fear about affect of draft withdrawal settlement on their trade.” Earlier this 12 months Mr Boyd, a vocal Brexiteer, warned lives might be misplaced if the Royal Navy didn’t step in to guard British fishermen. He was talking after clashes with French fishermen off the Normandy coast.

In the meantime, commerce unionists on either side of the Irish border have stated a “catastrophic” no-deal Brexit ought to be prevented in any respect prices.

The Irish Congress of Commerce Unions (ICTU) gave a certified response to Mrs Might’s draft deal.

It stated if there needed to be a divorce, it ought to be as tender as doable and added: “A UK-wide backstop with the complete UK in a customs union is preferable to a Northern Eire-only backstop.

“We should insist {that a} no-deal situation that sees the UK crash out of the EU on the finish of March 2019 should be prevented in any respect prices and is unacceptable.

“The results of such a no-deal Brexit could be catastrophic.”

Belfast Telegraph


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