Brexit: Uncertainty continues as deadline nudged out




The lack of clarity, even at this late stage, of if, how and when the UK will leave the EU remains a matter of deep concern. The inability of the UK government to ratify the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement means that a wide range of outcomes remain on the table, including ‘no deal’. Such an outcome would have devastating implications for the Irish economy and must be avoided.


With another vote on the Withdrawal Agreement now taken off the agenda at Westminster, the UK government and Parliament now has the task of agreeing another way forward. A new deadline of Friday 12 April has been set by the EU. If the UK remains in membership after that it will be expected to participate in European Parliamentary elections in May.


During these uncertain times, Ibec is working to ensure the concerns of Ibec members are heard and understood by key decision-makers. In the last couple of weeks Ibec has meet with Michel Barnier and his team twice to discuss the unique issues that Brexit presents, particularly with regard to a ‘no-deal’ exit. We remain in ongoing contact with Tánaiste Simon Coveney and his team.


Between 9.00 - 10.00 am this Thursday 28 March, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys will provide a special briefing for Ibec members on Brexit preparedness and the Government’s priorities for the future of Europe. To register for this members-only event at Ibec offices in Dublin, please visit the events page on the Ibec website.


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