The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed disappointment with the proposed UK Government White Paper on Brexit as full of aspiration but little certainty for the retail sector in Northern Ireland.
NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:
“Whichever way the Government tries to promote this White Paper, leaving the Single Market and Customs Union is neither positive for our retail sector or local economy as a whole”
“The White Paper talks about the border after Brexit being ‘as frictionless as possible’ and they will minimise administrative burdens. Our members need a lot more certainty than just a vague aspirations - the bottom line is that Brexit should not result in any barriers in trade and free movement across the border”
“Retail is Northern Ireland’s largest sector of the economy and our members on the border and many other areas need a clear, coherent and detailed Brexit Plan from both the UK Government and the NI Executive”
“It clearly does not help having no functioning NI Executive in place to argue our case in these vital Brexit negotiations. We hope that after the Assembly Elections the political parties will hit the ground running to secure agreement for a new administration”
For further info contact Glyn Roberts 07515710517