Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

11.53 18 Feb 2019


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The Government is urging businesses here to contact suppliers and service providers to ensure they're prepared for Brexit.

There's now only six weeks until the planned Brexit date of March 29th.

The UK will exit the EU on that date unless both parties agree to an extension of Article 50 in a bid to reach a new agreement.

With the British government continuing to struggle to secure a deal that they can get through parliament, Irish and EU officials have warned that the risk of a no-deal exit has risen.

As negotiations continue in Brussels today, Business Minister Heather Humphreys is advising businesses of all sizes here to be prepared for Brexit.

She observed: “Whether a business is a construction company, local beauty salon, bakery or even an Irish base of a multinational medical device company, it is crucial that they check their supply chains for vulnerabilities to Brexit impacts.

“If a business hasn’t already done so, there are a number of steps they need to take.

"Firstly, they should make contact with their UK suppliers, service providers, logistics companies, wholesalers or distributors, to seek assurances about the continuity of the goods and services they rely on to do business."

She added that businesses should also check if suppliers use the UK as a 'landbridge' when transporting goods - warning that any suppliers that do could face delays and increased costs.

It comes as the Government prepares to publish its omnibus no deal Brexit legislation later this week.

The bill will cover all the contingency measures required to prepare the country for a worst case scenario Brexit.

Main image: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys. Photo: RollingNews.ie

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