North/South Ministerial Council: Trade and Business Development

Part of Ministerial Statements – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 11:15 am on 15th December 2020.

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Photo of Gary Middleton Gary Middleton DUP 11:15 am, 15th December 2020

The Chair of the Economy Committee mentioned the officials who came to the Committee and raised the issue of the low levels of preparedness of businesses and firms, primarily because many of them have been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, and rightly so. Minister, what engagement have you had with counterparts across the UK to ensure that businesses are prepared, particularly for the disastrous east-west trading implications of the protocol?