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Brexit: Contingency Planning

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 13th October 2015.

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Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP 3:15 pm, 13th October 2015

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.