Posted on Friday 8 March 2019 by John Mulgrew


More than 50 of Northern Ireland’s biggest businesses – employing tens of thousands of workers here – have written to MPs in an eleventh hour plea to avoid a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

As Theresa May is due to bring her withdrawal deal back to Parliament next week, with less than a month to go before the March 29 deadline, a letter from the CBI, signed by 50 firms, calls on MPs to unite behind a way forward that avoids a hard border and protects peace and economic progress in Northern Ireland.

It says that “local businesses believe that the failure to approve a deal with Europe on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will have significant repercussions for the local economy".

“Such a scenario will both hinder indigenous and foreign direct investment, it would result in significant job losses and will stifle opportunities for the next generation across Northern Ireland.

“We therefore urge MPs across the UK to consider the damaging impact on Northern Ireland’s economy and political stability in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

“The peace and economic progress that flowed from the Belfast/ Good Friday Agreement cannot be overlooked at this critical time in the UK’s history. All Members of Parliament must consider the burden of responsibility that they now carry for this region’s future.”

Those putting their names to the open letter include aerospace giant Bombardier, which employs around 4,000 staff here, Danske Bank and First Trust, along with agribusinesses such as Devenish Nutrition, Fane Valley and Linden Foods.


Full list of businesses backing the letter

AES UK and Ireland


Andras House Ltd

Aurora Prime Real Estate Ltd

Avondale Foods Ltd

Barclays Bank

Beyond Business Travel

Bombardier Aerospace

Canyon Europe Ltd



Chartered Accountants Ulster Society

Coca-Cola Hellenic Northern Ireland Ltd

Construction Employers Federation

Creagh Concrete Products

Danske Bank

Deli Lites

Denroy Plastics

Denman International Ltd

Devenish Nutrition Ltd

Duncrue Food Processors

Eakin Healthcare Group

Etain Software

Evermore Energy

Fane Valley

First Trust Bank

Forde May Consulting Ltd

Graham Group

Greiner Packaging Ltd

Hilton Meat Products Ltd

Interfrigo Ltd

Lanyon Communications

Linden Foods

Maxol Oil

McCloskey International Ltd

Mineral Products Association NI

Mount Charles Group Ltd

Norbrook Laboratories Ltd

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Ltd

O’Hare and McGovern Ltd


Queen’s University Belfast

Quinn Building Group

Rainbow Communications

SDC Trailers Ltd

SHS Group

T G Eakin Ltd



Ulster University

Viridian Group

Walter Watson

W & R Barnett Ltd

Westland Horticulture Ltd

White’s Speedicook Ltd

Wilsons Country Ltd

Yardmaster International



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