John Doherty's meeting with Secretary of State, James Brokenshire
John Doherty, Re-Gen’s Director of Finance & Business Development met with Secretary of State James Brokenshire when he visited the Newry offices of InterTradeIreland, last week.
The Secretary of State assured Northern Irish businesses that they should have the best possible deal outside the EU following Brexit. He said the north’s unique circumstances where an open border with the Republic is a key concern, should be reflected in an ambitious free trade agreement with European neighbours. He said what the government wanted was the "optimum deal for Northern Ireland within the UK but outside the EU."
Organisations voiced concern at the possibility of restrictions on movement across the border. However the Secretary of State said he was certain that there was a commitment to a free trade agreement, barrier-free and tariff-free, as well as preservation of the existing Common Travel Area (CTA) allowing freedom of movement between the UK and Ireland.