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Ireland forms government – now the hard work begins

[ June 16, 2020   //   ]

FTA Ireland (FTAI) has welcomed the imminent formation of a new Irish government following the indecisive election result several months ago, Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Green Party confirmed they had agreed to set up an alliance.

However, FTAI general manager Aidan Flynn said there are many urgent questions to answered by the new administration. He said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges that none of us could have predicted at the start of the year and, while our sector has reacted with resilience to keep the nation trading, it is now time to focus on recovery and the next big issue facing our sector, Brexit. Confirmation from the UK Government that it will not be seeking an extension to the transition period at least creates a timeline for industry’s preparations, but time is not on the side of business if it is to adapt to new processes and procedures.  The additional negotiation rounds scheduled between the UK and EU between now and August, need to be intensive, constructive and must focus on delivering a result which will keep our economy buoyant.”

Flynn added that if a substantial, comprehensive free trade agreement cannot be negotiated, it is vital that logistics businesses have as much notice as possible so they can adapt to and adopt new processes that keeps trade flowing with minimal delays

The logistics industry needed priority at the highest levels of government, with perhaps a dedicated Minister.