Posted on Thursday 6 September 2018 by John Mulgrew


Glyn Roberts, Stephen Kelly and Colin Neill

Top business leaders have travelled to Westminster to call on polticians to return to a power-sharing government and give Northern Ireland a voice on crucial Brexit talks.

More than 200 business leaders and senior politicians heard from the Secretary of State, Karen Bradley, along with Glyn Roberts, chief executive of Retail NI, Colin Neill, chief executive of Hospitality Ulster and Stephen Kelly, chief executive of Manufacturing NI.

The event was the biggest NI-focused business event at Westminster in the last few years.

Manufacturing NI, Hospitality Ulster and Retail NI - industries which together account for around 300,000 jobs in NI - launched a document called a New Deal for Northern Ireland at the reception.

They called for a restoration of Stormont, the devolution of corporation tax by April 2021 and an extension of the small business rate relief scheme.

It comes as Ms Bradley announced a £13,000 pay cut for MLAs here, following more than 18 months of deadlock.


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