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 am invited frequently by Members from the Benches opposite to thank the Government for their generosity. I remind the Member that we pay taxes here. The business support was, of course, very welcome. Any of this money is welcome; I have no difficulty in welcoming it.

I talk about the priority for investment. We had to prioritise investing in our health service, which has been under-resourced for years because of austerity measures. Vulnerable people have been under-resourced for years because of austerity measures. We had to channel things into areas that the Government in London have reduced our ability to spend public money on over the years.

We are not aware of further financial packages. We are told that there may be announcements in July. We continue to engage with Treasury to get a sense of what those announcements will be. The Executive will be able to plan our economic recovery on the back of those.