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By Chamber Press Office, 12 August 2017
Business group Dublin Chamber has welcomed assurances today that there will be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit.
The Chamber said uncertainty over the border issues had acted as a dark cloud over the business sector over the past 18 months.
Dublin Chamber, which represents more than 1,300 businesses in the Greater Dublin Area, said that Irish businesses will now face phase two of Brexit negotiations with a greater degree of confidence.
Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose burke said: “There is considerable relief in the business community today. If there’s one thing businesses don’t like, it’s uncertainty. The prospect of a hard border threatened to undermine the prosperity of the whole island. We are very encouraged by the UK Government’s commitment to avoid this costly mistake. We congratulate the Irish Government on the role it has played in ensuring that a hard border is not created between Ireland and Northern Ireland.”
Ms Burke said: “This common-sense approach bodes well for the rest of the negotiations. The border has become increasingly irrelevant to Irish businesses, with the supply chains of many businesses straddling the divide. This is a natural and healthy development that benefits everyone.”
Dublin Chamber also welcomed assurances that EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the rest of the EU will have the right to stay.
The Chamber said it looks forward to hearing how an open border will be achieved.
Ms Burke said: “The Dublin-Belfast corridor has the potential to become a powerful cross-border conurbation, driving wealth and jobs growth for the whole island and all its communities. It is important we don’t let narrowly political decisions threaten this future.”