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Retail NI 2020 New Year Message - Withdrawal Deal Needs Amended

In its New Year message, Retail NI has called for a new rebooted NI Assembly and Executive to hit the ground running with a radical plan to address the huge challenges facing the local economy.

Retail NI has also urged the UK Government to listen to the concerns of the Northern Ireland business community have with the Withdrawal Deal.

Retail NI Chief Executive, Glyn Roberts said:

“The biggest and most immediate priority for Retail NI is the restoration of the NI Assembly and Executive. A restored Assembly and Executive need to be rebooted and become less about process and more about strategic delivery. It cannot be business as usual with a few tweaks here and there”

“A new Programme for Government needs to be more than just a deal between five parties and instead should also include the key partners in the economy, such as business, trade unions, local councils and the voluntary sector. We shouldn’t be seen as just consultees but as essential partners in the delivery of prosperity for Northern Ireland”

“Providing an environment where business can thrive and grow is imperative to the strength of our economy. Reducing the cost of doing business, reforming business rates, investing in our infrastructure, developing skills, increasing our productivity and revitalising our town centres are all key to creating an economy which can move Northern Ireland forward in the 2020’s”

Turning to the forthcoming vote on the Withdrawal Deal, Mr Roberts said:

“Retail NI has concerns that this deal will result in increased costs, complexity and checks and paperwork for moving goods back and forth across the Irish Sea. Leaked Treasury slides describe how this deal could increase the price of high street goods in Northern Ireland and also affect the profitability of retailers. All of this will have a huge impact on the just-in-time supply chain which is so important to the retail sector in Northern Ireland”

“The NI Secretary of State and his Ministers need to step up engagement with the business community and ensure our voice is heard and the necessary changes are made to the Deal”

 Glyn Roberts 07515710517