No-deal Brexit threat to Northern Ireland haulage

Belfast, Northern Ireland: A no-deal Brexit could put 40,000 jobs, many in logistics, at risk in Northern Ireland, according to new analysis from Stormont’s Department for the Economy.

The report says many jobs could “disappear almost overnight, especially in industries such as agri-food and haulage”.

It also warns of “immediate and severe consequences” for NI competiveness. Exports to the Republic of Ireland could fall by between 11% and 19%, it warns.

That includes the “significant danger” that most north-to-south agri-food trade would stop. “The impact of EU tariffs and non-tariff barriers will mean that whatever the Irish Government or the EU may do or not do, many businesses will no longer be able to export to the Irish market,” states the report.

“Today’s report reiterates what FTA has been warning for months, that a No Deal Brexit could be a disaster for Northern Ireland’s logistics industry, and for the nation’s wider business community as a whole,” says Seamus Leheny, policy manager for Northern Ireland at the Freight Transport Association.  “Northern Ireland’s businesses rely on free access to customers in both the UK and EU, which would be severely curtailed by a No Deal Brexit, and the resulting delays, costs and disruption would render the nation’s businesses less competitive to customers.”

Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC) director Aodhán Connolly said the report made for stark reading but should come as no surprise. “Brexit is the biggest threat to our economy since the Troubles,” he said.

For a detailed assessment by the Seamus Leheny, policy manager for Northern Ireland at the Freight Transport Association see the Viewpoint on the homepage.

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