Dublin Chamber & Northern Ireland Chamber Meet Taoiseach in Belfast
Dublin Chamber and the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to a joint meeting in Belfast this month. The two Chambers met to discuss the implications of Brexit for both economies. Over a dozen business leaders from both sides of the border were joined at the private meeting by the Taoiseach.
Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke said: “Regardless of Brexit, the business communities North and South of the border are fully committed to closer economic cooperation across the island of Ireland, and to furthering the high level of integration that already exists. The free movement of goods across the border has been part of the economic architecture of this island for generations. Cross border trade has been on an upward trajectory for decades now, with total trade standing at €7 billion as of 2017. The business communities on both sides of the border will work hard to maintain this positive momentum in the face of the challenges ahead.”
“We and our business colleagues in Northern Ireland are at one on the importance of maintaining existing cross border trading arrangements. For over half (51%) of Irish exporters, Northern Ireland is the destination for more than 50% of their exports, and Northern Ireland accounts for over 10% of total Irish exports to the UK. Given that Northern Ireland makes up less than 3% of the UK population, this demonstrates how intertwined the two economies are. The North-South business relationship is one that we deeply value and must work to protect.”