“Since being elected, I have been conscious of the number of exporting businesses based in Kildare and particularly the number of food related companies based here. Brexit, together with the exchange rate fluctuations, was creating a climate of uncertainty for many businesses and the outcome of these negotiations to-date is a welcome relief for us.”
“The UK is Ireland’s largest market for food and drink, accounting for 37% of all food and drink exports in 2016, or over €4.1bn. Kildare is home to many food related companies, which have strong brands. The agreement reached lays the foundation for further negotiations to minimise the risk for businesses exporting to the UK.”
“Agreement has been reached on the important Phase 1 of the Brexit talks, especially the fact that language has been agreed on there being no hard border on the island of Ireland going forward.”
“The Phase 2 of the process will deal with our economically critical east/west trading relationship. This is where the most difficult issues of trade and future relationships will be tackled and it is important that as a country we maintain a close and coherent focus and use the same political template that we used on thus occasion. Our party leader Michael Martin and our Brexit spokesperson, Stephen Donnelly, have been very supportive of the Government in the negotiations.”
“The UK has committed to avoiding a hard border as an underlying principle and there will be no physical infrastructure or related border checks or control.”
“Kildare is home to many food exporting companies and we need to ensure that we continue to support these businesses to sustain their level of employment in the area. As we enter into Phase 2 of the Brexit negotiations, we need to remain vigilant and protect the interests of all on the island of Ireland,” concluded Deputy O’Rourke.