Seán Kyne, Government Chief Whip, Aire don Ghaeilge, don Ghaeltacht agus do na hOileáin and Fine Gael TD for Galway West has urged Galway residents and businesses to step up preparations for Brexit given the continuing uncertainty in the UK parliament.
Commented Minister Kyne: “The decision of the UK to leave the European Union is very regrettable. The Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by the UK government and the EU remains the best way of ensuring an orderly Brexit while crucially avoiding a hard border on our island and maintaining the peace and stability that has been so cherished and valued over the past two decades.
“Across Government we continue to prepare for Brexit as we have been doing since before the UK referendum in the summer of 2016. However, the latest proceedings at the Houses of Parliament in London have meant an increased risk of a no-deal Brexit and householders, businesses and organisations in Galway need to be aware and make appropriate plans.
“To help prepare, the Government has launched a dedicated website – gov.ie/Brexit – with up-to-date information on areas including healthcare, energy supply, consumer rights, mobile coverage and roaming, financial services and more. There are other affected areas which might not be as apparent such as driving licences, the validity of insurance policies, changes to voting right and others.
“For Irish businesses there are particular challenges including customs, tariffs, certification, and currency issues. While many businesses in Galway have been preparing for months, if not longer, businesses need to apply to Revenue for a customs registration to continue trading with the UK. They need to review supply chains and make provisions regarding UK-sourced materials. And crucially businesses need to protect cash flow by talking to their financial institution or considering Government supports such as the Brexit Loan Scheme.
“Brexit will result in changes for all of us. But through planning we can help mitigate the negative changes and I urge people and businesses in Galway to find out more at gov.ie/brexit.”