Brexit: Business and Industry Concerns

Oral Answers to Questions — Enterprise, Trade and Investment – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 9th February 2016.

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Photo of Stewart Dickson Stewart Dickson Alliance 3:15 pm, 9th February 2016

T2. Mr Dickson asked the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to outline the representations he has received from business and industry about the concerns around the negative impact of the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU. (AQT 3472/11-16)

Photo of Jonathan Bell Jonathan Bell DUP

I should correct the record, as I made a mistake last week when I talked about not knowing the nature of the "question". I should have said the nature of the "terms", so I will correct the record.

Businesses have spoken to me but have not done so exclusively with one voice. Different approaches are being made. We have commissioned Oxford Economics to provide the best information so that people can examine what may or may not come next week.

Photo of Stewart Dickson Stewart Dickson Alliance

I thank the Minister for his answer. With the First Minister leaning towards out of the EU, is it likely that you will be the only Enterprise Minister in the United Kingdom who is anti-EU and will lead the charge against industry and business in Northern Ireland?

Photo of Jonathan Bell Jonathan Bell DUP

I support 100% the position adopted by Mrs Foster as First Minister, by our MEP and by our parliamentary leader. What I have asked people to do is look seriously at the information that we are commissioning from Oxford Economics on the range of options and examine it against the terms that come through.