Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney, MEP Deirdre Clune, Cork Business Association president Philip Gillivan, and ‘Irish Examiner’ marketing manager Karen O’Donoghue at the Cork Business Association Brexit Breakfast Briefing in the Imperial Hotel, Cork.

Trade in Cork city centre was down more than 60% as a result of Storm Emma, which forced the city to effectively close down for 3 days.  Re-opened for business this week, retailers, publicans, and traders were keen to hear from An Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD on another key issue affecting trade, the impact of Brexit on Cork businesses.

CBA President Philip Gillivan welcomed more than 70 businesses to the Imperial Hotel today (Monday) to hear the latest update in Brexit negotiations, directly from Minister Simon Coveney TD as well as Ireland South MEP, Deirdre Clune.  Speaking at the Brexit Briefing, Philip Gillivan said:

“We are well represented by Minister Coveney at the Brexit negotiations, which are again at a critical stage. It is vital for businesses to have clarity on current developments at the negotiating table and what they mean for the future of the UK’s relationship with Ireland and the implications for Irish business, particularly local businesses. Time, as we know, is marching on, and we all need to be using this time wisely to prepare for Brexit.”

An Tanáiste provided insights and information to Cork businesses for over 30 minutes and answered all questions arising from the floor on the challenges and opportunities for Cork in a post-Brexit environment.

“Certainty for businesses with a clear transition timeline, up to 2020, is vital so they can plan and prepare for Brexit and we are working specifically to this agenda during the negotiations,” said Minister Coveney TD at the CBA Brexit Briefing.

Attendees also heard from Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune who gave the perspective of the European Parliament, which will ultimately ratify the Brexit agreement between the UK and the EU.

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