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IEA cautiously welcomes rejection of no-deal, but strong uncertainties remain

Tonight’s vote does not prevent legal fall-back of no-deal

Dublin, 13th March 2019: The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) cautiously welcomes tonight’s decision by the UK House of Commons to reject the possibility of leaving the European Union without an agreed deal. However, in the absence of any unified House of Common’s position, the legal fall-back of no-deal will not be averted by tonight’s vote.

Responding to tonight’s vote, Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association, said: “We cautiously welcome tonight’s vote by the House of Commons to reject the United Kingdom leaving the European Union on 29 March 11pm (IST) without an agreed deal. However, tonight’s outcome also highlights the continued division in UK politics: With 16 days to Brexit, UK Members of Parliament continue to be deeply divided on how, when or even if, the United Kingdom is to leave the European Union. In the absence of any unified House of Common’s position, the legal fall-back of no-deal will not be averted by tonight’s vote.

Irish exporters are highly concerned by today’s UK Government announcement of the new draft tariff schedule on agricultural and food produce and proposals on north-south trade on the island of Ireland. The UK Government’s proposed different treatment east-west and north-south raises strong concerns regarding its compliance with WTO rules and the economic viability of trade in this sector on the island of Ireland.”

 

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Pascal Koenig, Communications & Public Affairs Manager

E-mail: pascalkoenig@irishexporters.ie

Tel:  01 642 4171 / 086 142 3310