Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond has urged businesses to prepare themselves for the changes they will face in January with the Government’s Brexit Readiness Action Plan.
Deputy Richmond said: “Against the backdrop of extremely worrying moves in London, the Irish Government has today published a Brexit Readiness Action Plan to help businesses prepare to reduce the impact of Brexit.
“The Plan provides advice on customs, import duties, trade, use of the UK land bridge, retail trade and much more.
“Businesses can avail of a grant of €9,000 per employee to manage customs changes, Enterprise Ireland is providing an online Customs Insights Course and Local Enterprise Offices are providing Brexit mentoring.
“This week we have seen worrying developments in terms of Brexit negotiations, with the revelation that the British Government intends to break international law by undermining the previously agreed Withdrawal Agreement and the Northern Irish protocol.
“Now is not the time to be opening up old arguments that have been settled. It’s reckless at best and my question to the UK is; why isn’t all of this effort going into striking a fair trade deal that’s good for the UK and good for the EU?
“Whether there is a deal or not, we can be certain that major change is coming. There will be new customs procedures, new checks and bureaucracies and potentially tariffs and quotas.
“Irish businesses cannot control the posturing of the British government, but they can control how prepared they are for Brexit.
“Few things are certain, but one certainty is change. Real change is coming to Irish businesses in January and preparation is vital. I would urge all businesses to take this Action Plan seriously and act accordingly.”
For more information on the plan go to: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/849b3-the-brexit-readiness-action-plan/