Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

Brexit news: Ireland publishes shock document – ‘Difficult period’ | World | News

Dublin has warned of “a very difficult time ahead” for its businesses and citizens if Britain leaves the European Union without an agreement. Many of the country’s exporters will be plunged into chaos after October 31 unless negotiators can bring an end to the current deadlock. Brussels and Boris Johnson remain at loggerheads over the controversial Northern Irish backstop, which the Prime Minister insists must be abolished for there to be any chance of a deal.

Ireland has urged businesses to review supply chains and their strategies for dealing with UK markets.

Firms should monitor possible drastic changes to transport, logistics, certification, regulation, licensing, contracts and data management ahead of Britain’s scheduled departure.

The starkest warning comes as firms are businesses are asked to monitor their cash flows, currency and make sure banking affairs are in order.

Ireland’s most profitable industries, such as manufacturing, haulage and agrifood, are all underprepared, according to the government.

Also a number of small retailers and independent shops have been asked to review their product lists, because some may not be aware that their products are actually sourced from the UK.

Simon Coveney, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, said Brexit preparations should be of the “highest priority particularly as the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit increases”.

“A no-deal Brexit would have profound implications for Ireland on all level,” he said.

“These macroeconomic, trade and sectoral challenges, both immediately and in the longer term.”

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Legal restrictions will impede police on both sides of the border for carrying out joint investigations and prosecutions.

for example, a deal does not currently exist between the UK and Irish governments to allow police in “hot pursuit” of a criminal to cross the border.

A no deal will also block British participation in EU-led justice and security measures, such as the European Arrest Warrant.

Les Allamby, Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, said: “The new UK Government has said very little about how these issues will be managed in a no-deal situation, and how existing rights, safeguards, oversight and accountability will be maintained.

“We should not be playing fast and loose with these issues.”

Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, said: “While seemingly absent from public discussion on Brexit, the significance of UK-EU justice and security co-operation and the threats from it breaking down cannot be ignored considering the needs of victims of crime, witnesses of crime and the efforts of police services to safeguard people.

“This research brought forward by the Joint Committee makes it clear that, if we are to have functioning justice co-operation post-Brexit, ensuring common adherence to human rights standards is essential.”

Meanwhile, Mr Coveney has defended the Irish government’s approach to the Brexit negotiations as his boss Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, continues to refuse to scrap the backstop.

Writing for the Irish World, Mr Coveney accused the British media of seeking “to distort the Irish government’s motives and intentions”.

He added: “It is largely best ignored or countered with a reminder that at the heart of all of this is a precious peace process that remains fragile and which both governments have a duty to uphold.

“Please know that the Irish government has no hidden agenda here.

“Safeguarding peace is what we are trying to achieve and we will not be diverted or distracted by unfair comments or provocative language.”

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