To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions her Department has had with Manufacturing Northern Ireland on preparations for (a) the UK leaving the EU without a deal and (b) the UK leaving the EU under the Prime Minister’s proposals announced on 3 October 2019.
Ministers and officials from BEIS have engaged extensively with manufacturing businesses. We have stepped up efforts to ensure businesses across the UK, including in Northern Ireland, are prepared to leave the EU on 31 October, through enhanced national communication and engagement campaigns. Get Ready Roadshow events took place in Derry/Londonderry on 7 October and in Belfast on 8 October. Through the Business Readiness Fund, funding has been allocated for actions specifically delivered and targeted in Northern Ireland – in addition to UK wide applications covering Northern Ireland.