Brexit: Sanitary/Phytosanitary Costs

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Finance – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 30th June 2020.

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Photo of Conor Murphy Conor Murphy Sinn Féin 3:15 pm, 30th June 2020

I have been as flexible as you so far, so we may continue in the same vein.

In general terms, the Treasury and the British Government have committed, as part of their manifesto, to cover all costs associated with leaving the EU. From a political perspective, I wish that it was not the case that we were leaving at all. Nonetheless, we want to ensure that the exit from the EU is the least damaging that it can be. I thoroughly expect there to be damage as a consequence of leaving, and that is why it needs to be done in a careful, calibrated fashion. There is a commitment to cover all such costs, and it is incumbent on me, as the Finance Minister, and the Executive as a whole to hold the Government to that commitment.