Irish Exporters must now prepare for all Brexit eventualities

Irish Exporters Association regrets the outcome of tonight’s meaningful vote

Dublin, 12th March 2019: The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) acknowledges and regrets the outcome of tonight’s second meaningful vote by the UK House of Commons on the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement. With less than 18 days remaining until the UK is due to leave the European Union, there still is no clarity on the terms of the UK’s departure and its future trading relationship with the European Union. Irish businesses trading with or transiting goods through the UK, must now prepare for all eventualities.

Commenting on tonight’s House of Commons vote, Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association, said: “With only 18 days until the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on 29 March 11pm (IST), Irish businesses trading with or transiting goods through the United Kingdom remain as uncertain about the future trading relationship as when the Prime Minster resoundingly lost the prior meaningful vote on 15 January.

Unfortunately, rather than providing businesses on both sides of the Irish Sea with clarity, the fundamentally divided political landscape in the United Kingdom has only served to run down the clock and increase uncertainty in the business community.

The Irish business community has already undertaken large strides to prepare for all potential no-deal Brexit implications, including the full application of customs and VAT requirements, tariffs, phytosanitary and other regulatory requirements. With potentially only limited time left, businesses exporting and importing goods to and from Ireland and/or transiting through the UK must now prepare for all Brexit eventualities, including the very real possibility of a no-deal.”


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Pascal Koenig, Communications & Public Affairs Manager


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