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Figures from the country’s Department of Business show half of small and medium-sized businesses in the Republic are yet to take steps to cushion the effects of a hard Brexit, sparking panic from the Irish Prime Minister. This could mean Ireland is not as worried as opinionated Mr Varadkar about the effect of a hard Brexit with new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in power. It could also mean the Republic was dead set on the EU re-opening Theresa May’s contested withdrawal agreement, or that the UK would simply cancel Brexit altogether.
Opposition party Fianna Fáil’s Brexit spokeswoman, Lisa Chambers, told the Irish Independent the situation was “very worrying”.
She also urged small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to to realise “we are just weeks away from a potentially catastrophic no deal Brexit”.
She added: “Report after report has stressed the impact that a hard or no-deal Brexit will have on Ireland and it is concerning that despite all of the warnings 50 percent of SMEs have not taken steps to prepare.”
She then condemned Mr Varadkar for an apparent failure to communicate a sense of urgency with Ireland over Brexit.
Business Minister Heather Humphreys released the figures following research competed by the government department.
The damning document reveals just 50 percent of small and medium businesses are “taking some form of active engagement”, however it is not know exactly what this is.
This number is only up eight percent form last year when the same data was collected.
At this point last year, Theresa May was Prime Minister and it appeared a so-called soft-Brexit was imminent.
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Figures from the country’s Department of Business show half of small and medium-sized businesses in the Republic are yet to take steps to cushion the effects of a hard Brexit, sparking panic from the Irish Prime Minister.
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