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We have not done any contingency planning for that because we have our own difficulties to deal with. Whilst others might want to talk about European exit, we certainly do not want to talk about devolution exit. That is the problem that faces us at present. We need to concentrate on our own particular financial difficulties, sort out welfare and sort out the rest of the Stormont House flexibilities so that we can move forward.
No, I do not agree with that assessment. I think that a lot of our companies feel very downtrodden because of the amount of regulation that they have to face on a day-to-day basis. Recently, I met a delegation from the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association and was very alarmed to hear about the amount of form-filling that goes on in a small business with a couple of employees. One employee has to be allocated to fill out the forms. It is absolutely disproportionate. We need to tackle that, and I hope that we can do so through the red tape review. We also need do have a fuller discussion on the European legislation that really impacts local businesses here.