THE Government’s Brexit advice to business has been denounced as “ridiculous” by a Waterford TD.

Business leaders have been warned to Brexit-proof their companies and prepare for the possibility of Britain crashing out of the EU without an agreement.

They are advised to contact their suppliers and service providers to get assurances that lines of trade will stay open.

Business, Enterprise and Innovation minister Heather Humphreys issued the advice as the clock ticks down to the March 29 Brexit deadline.

But a local TD criticised her “weak approach”. “It is incredible that the Government is telling businesses to step up their Brexit preparedness when it is the government itself that is failing in this regard,” said Sinn Fein’s David Cullinane.

He said the advice from Ms Humphries “would be ridiculous, were it not so serious”.

The minister told businesses that, firstly, they should make contact with their UK suppliers, service providers and distributors, to seek assurances about the continuity of the goods and services they rely on.

Next they should check to see if their suppliers use the UK as a landbridge to move their goods

“Next they should check to see if their suppliers use the UK as a landbridge to move their goods,” she said.

“If they have any doubts about continuity in their supply chains, they should contact their Local Enterprise Office who can point them in the right direction to avail of Government supports and advice.”

 

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